Explosion rocks Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, sending ash 1 mile high

Larry Hoffman
June 6, 2018

There is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 5.5 (preliminary magnitude 5.6) quake reported at 4:32 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in the Summit Region of the Kilauea Volcano, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The strong natural disaster fortunately did not trigger a tsunami even as lava continues to bubble from the volcano.

He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high".

The USGS shared aerial footage showing the lava from Fissure 8 forming a delta in Kapoho Bay.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency also said vigorous lava eruptions are continuing in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

"It stings", he said.

Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. "And you don't want to be breathing that". Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented. "It's like a flood - it's just pouring out, covering everything in its path".

Lava from an erupting Hawaii volcano has destroyed more than 100 homes in a rural Big Island district.

So far, more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

Officers have issued 18 total citations in the last week to people for bypassing checkpoints and entering unsafe areas, the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) said in a statement.

Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Three people were evacuated from an isolated part of the Kapoho community Sunday, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas. They stopped to inquire of their situation, and then when asked, airlifted them to a safe place. "They had become trapped after trying to move belongings, and had no cell service", according to they agency statement.

An estimated 500 people live in the Kapoho area, but Snyder said it was not immediately clear how many residents, if any, had chosen to stay behind.

But it may be revived 42 years later if lava continues to flow dangerously from Mount Kilauea, which began erupting more than a month ago.

The monthlong eruption has claimed as much as a half of a forest reserve that's home to native birds and trees that have already been declining because of disease, state officials said.

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