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KILAUEA Eruption Destroys Hundreds of Homes

Posted by feww on June 6, 2018

Lava may have already destroyed scores of homes on Big island

Kilauea eruption may have already destroyed as many as 500 homes on Hawaii’s Big Island, according to informed sources.

Report Mirrored From USGS-HVO

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 10:28 PM HST (Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 08:28 UTC)

19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED

Kīlauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Persistent lava fountaining at Fissure 8 is reaching heights of 150-180 feet. This eruptive activity continues to feed a channel transporting lava to the east to the ocean entry in the Kapoho Bay area. Minor breakouts along the channelized flow have been very small and stagnated before travelling any significant distance. HVO’s late afternoon overflight showed that the Fissure 8 flow is continuing to form a lava delta with limited continuing advances into the surviving parts of the Kaphoho Beach Lots and Vacationlands neighborhoods. The northernmost lobe of the Fissure 8 flow is advancing very slowly to the northeast. No other fissure vents are active.

Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Trade wind conditions are bringing vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii. Afternoon easterly winds may bring vog to communities in the Volcano area.

LERZ Video [Source: USGS-HVO]

The fissure 8 lava fountains were slightly diminished during the overnight hours of June 4-5, with fluctuating heights of about 100 to 160 feet. Previous fountain heights reached a sustained 260 feet. The fountain is partially obscured by a spatter cone (built by an accumulation of lava fragments) that is about 115 ft high. View is from Nohea and Leilani Streets, in the Leilani Estates subdivision.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Hazards include walking on uneven, glassy lava flow surfaces and around unstable, vertical sea cliffs. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. In several instances, such collapses have also incorporated parts of the older sea cliff. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates “laze”, a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low. Seismicity remains relatively low with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

Lava fountains continue at fissure 8. The lava fountain has built a 35 m (115 ft) high spatter cone, as wells as an actively-growing spatter rampart on its eastern side. The lava channel leading from the cone was filled to the top of its levees at the time of this photo. [USGS-HVO]

Kīlauea Volcano Summit

Earthquake activity dropped after Tuesday morning’s small explosion but is slowly rising now, following the pattern of previous events of this type. Monitoring data indicate that subsidence at the summit continues. The mid-day observation flight showed additional Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema`uma`u.

Locally felt earthquakes are expected to continue, and further ash explosions are likely.

Over the last week, sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano’s summit have decreased, but emission rates remain high enough to impact air quality in downwind regions. Additional bursts of gas released with intermittent explosive activity are also transported downwind and may temporarily affect air quality as well.

One Response to “KILAUEA Eruption Destroys Hundreds of Homes”

  1. Ros T. said

    Ros T. – 060702

    M 5.4
    19.413°N 155.280°W [6km SW of Volcano, Hawaii]
    0.6 km depth
    2018-06-07 02:06:38 UTC

    This earthquake was associated with an ash explosion that occurred around 4:06 PM Tuesday, June 6th local time from Halema’uma’u crater. The plume extended to about 10,000 ft above sea level and drifted southwest with possible ashfall at downwind locations. USGS

    Nearby Places
    Direction data (below) indicate the position of the event relative to the place.

    Volcano, Hawaii: 5.8 km (3.6 mi) SW – Population: 2,575
    Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii: 37.9 km (23.5 mi) WSW – Population: 11,404
    Hilo, Hawaii: 40.3 km (25.1 mi) SSW – Population: 43,263
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: 79.6 km (49.5 mi) ESE – Population: 11,975
    Honolulu, Hawaii: 341.3 km (212.0 mi) SE – Population: 371,657

    30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ earthquakes: 1,726

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