Hawaii volcano eruption: Map of lava flow shows Big Island area OBLITERATED

Monday, June 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

HAWAII’S erupting Kilauea volcano has mercilessly destroyed hundreds of homes and redefined the shape of Big Island. Officials have now mapped the total obliteration of Hawaii’s southeastern coast.

Mon, Jun 11, 2018

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has charted out Kilauea’s hazardous lava flows in the Kapoho, Leilani and Pohoiki areas.

Kilauea’s eruption in the active Lower East Rift Zone has created more than a mile of new land since eruptions began on May 3.

The volatile Hawaii volcano spread over four billion cubic feet of molten rock into the Pacific Ocean, pushing the coastline out south of Cape Kumukahi.

As of Sunday, June 10, three volcanic fissures are still active and spewing molten rock hundreds of feet into the sky.

The USGS warned “vigorous eruptions of lava” are still going off along the fissure system in Leilani Estate.

The agency said: “The three closely spaced lava fountains at Fissure Eight are erupting with maximum heights reaching 150 to 180 feet.

“Lava continues to be fed into the channelized flow trending north and then east to the ocean entry at Kapoho.”

The USGS map below shows an active flow channel extending from Fissure Eight in Leilani is pushing northeast and towards the coastline near Kapoho.

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