New satellite photos show how lava pouring out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has CHANGED paths putting more homes at risk

Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

The European Space Agency has released images taken in space, showing views of the stream of orange lava
Kilauea eruption has destroyed over 600 homes, spread lava over 2,000 acres and opened up 22 fissures
Residents warned about lightweight volcanic glass fragments emitted from the lava fountain at fissure 8

14 June 2018

Dramatic new satellite images show how a stream of lava has changed direction from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island during the past fortnight, and residents have been warned to expect further evacuations.

In the midst of damaging earthquakes, explosions from the volcano and corrosive volcanic ash, time-lapse imagery released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows orange rivers of lava altering routes to pour into the Pacific Ocean.

The agency has released images taken in space, showing overhead views of the volcano and surrounding area, on May 23 and June 7 this year.

In its first image, the active Kilauea volcano can be seen through scattered clouds, with molten rock spewing from fissures towards the sea. But by the second photo, the brightly colored lava is on a distinctly different route.

On Sunday, NASA astronaut and Expedition 56 Cmdr A.J. (Drew) Feustel tweeted that he could ‘still see the Earth’s fury’ from the Space Station as the lava continues to flow from Kilauea, adding, ‘Expedition 56 is thinking of Hawaii as the dynamic Earth continues to evolve.’

The ESA said that the lava flows had destroyed about ‘600 homes in one of the volcano’s most destructive eruptions in modern times’.

According to Hawaii County Mayor, Harry Kim, Kilauea has never destroyed so many homes in such a short period. It is one of five volcanoes on the Big Island and is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

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