Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kilauea volcano's lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools: USGS

Kilauea volcano's lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools: USGS

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has mercilessly spewed rivers of molten lava across the archipelago's Big Island for over 40 days.

Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano has been erupting since May 3, and according to the county of Hawaii's civil defense agency, another small explosion occurred on Sunday morning.

PAHOA The mighty fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continued to make Hawaii island a little bigger Saturday, pumping lava that stayed for the most part in a stream-like channel exiting into the ocean about 8 miles away near the island's eastern tip. Scientists said a new lava delta has grown to 200 acres, while lava from Fissure 8 bursts 130 to 180 feet up in the air.

It's possible a new fissure will open or vigorous flows could emerge from vents that have been inactive.

Also Saturday, there was an explosive eruption of rock and ash at Kilauea's summit at 4:50 a.m. that produced a plume expected to possibly blow to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View.

The lava's entry into the ocean was also producing laze - a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the explosion was equivalent to a magnitude of 5.4 and sent plumes of ash into the air.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.

The other half of the residents in a more vulnerable area are allowed back during the day if conditions are safe.

Lava flow from Fissue 8 is emitting risky gasses, officials say.

The eruptions began more than five weeks ago.

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