'No slowdown' for Hawaii eruption: Volcanologist

07 May, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • Hawaii: evacuations ordered as Kilauea volcano erupts

Kilauea is one of five volcanoes on the island, an attraction for the 8.9 million visitors the state sees annually. According to CNN, the authorities have evacuated 1,700 people, but some of them refused to leave their homes, believing that the danger would pass them.

Officials said molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano.

Nine homes had been destroyed, the Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency said.

But she received alerts Saturday that motion sensors throughout the house had been triggered. "Please understand the unpredictability of these hazards", it said. Her parents also live in Leilani Estates. "It's devastating ... but I've come to terms with it". Lava flows from the volcano have covered 125 square km, according to the USGS. The collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline.

Lava flows from the volcano, considered one of 5 on the island, have coated 48 sq. miles, in keeping with the U.S. Geological Survey. It said in a Facebook posting that "eruptive activity is increasing and is expected to continue".

Gary McMillan said his home is about 3,000 feet from one of the fissures in Leilani Estates. Still, the California native was sanguine as he assessed his situation.

"You can't really predict what Pele is going to do", Woolsey told the news outlet, referring to the Hawaiian volcano goddess.

"Volcanic vents are erupting on Makamae and Mohala Streets, all Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision residents are ordered to evacuate immediately", civil defense officials tweeted. "You lose your income and you lose your home at the same time", said McArthur, who's had the farm for about 20 years. Do you've got a narrative for The Solar On-line information crew?

About 240 people and 90 pets spent Saturday night at shelters, the American Red Cross said. Residents can also receive automatic notices (emails or texts) about volcanic activity through the USGS Volcano Notification Service.

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The boiling vents roar like ocean waves, throwing lava hundreds of feet into the air and igniting nearby vegetation.

What's more, in the 50th state, as in many parts of the world with volcanoes, the benefits - rich soils for agriculture, the presence of mineral deposits and geothermal energy - make staying close to volcanoes attractive.

On Sunday, authorities said the situation is unsafe and that it's unlikely that volcanic activity along the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano will be ending anytime soon.

The volcano eruption in Hawaii has caused a large-scale evacuation in the Leilani estates residential area, home to about 1,500 people. The eruption followed a 5.0-magnitude natural disaster hours earlier.

As lava inundates the heavily forested area, organic matter burns and releases methane.

He hoped to check on his home Sunday.

"I'm somewhat fatalistic: if it happens, it happens", he said. "I'm nothing without the land. This is one of them".

"The lovely plants and trees that I have planted, just tears".

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