Latest Kilauea blast sends ash 4km into Hawaii skies

29 May, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • New lava flow crosses onto Hawaii geothermal plant property

Three weeks into the volcano's eruption, scientists said the summit is still too risky to survey on foot. The agency shared pictures of the steaming black piles, noting that methane bursts were audible in the surrounding woods.

As the Guardian reports, the Marshall Islands are now covered in a haze of volcanic smog (called vog for short) which is hampering visibility and could cause problems for those with respiratory issues. It can cause respiratory illness.

Fountains of lava continue to erupt from the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

A fresh eruption from the summit's Halemaumau crater on Monday sent ash nearly 4600m into the air, said Maureen Ballard, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Honolulu. Firefighters also had to lead a man from his home near Kilauea late on Sunday after he was trapped by fast-moving lava, Hawaii News Now reported.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said residents should avoid the area due to the increase of volcanic gases and vog emissions in areas downwind of the vents.


About 2,200 acres had been covered in lava since the Kilauea volcano eruptions began May 3, Magno said. As of Friday, the oozing lava had destroyed 82 structures on the Big Island.

Asked about safety hazards, he replied: "I think it's safe to say authorities have been concerned about the flow of lava onto the plant property since the eruption started". Both wells were closed and secured in anticipation of the lava flow.

Magma spewed from 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) cinder cones and formed elevated ponds of molten rock that were expected to soon overflow and stream into the next rows of homes - Kahukai Street and Mohala Street.

As per officials, they are constantly looking for the presence of Hydrogen Sulfide, but no traces of the same have been found till now.

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