Hawaii volcano eruption: Fresh warning as summit crater EXPLODES for SECOND TIME in a week

Sunday, July 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE Mount Kilauea crater has exploded for a second time in the space of a few days with the force of a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that delivered more tremors to the island.

By JOE GAMP
Express.co.uk
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Seismic activity is still causing disruption on the Big Island, changing Hawaii’s landscape forever.

The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reported an explosion that occurred at the Halemaumau Crater on Mount Kilauea’s summit at 3.26am local time on Sunday (June 15).

It is the second reported explosion on the mount’s summit in Big Island in as many days.

The agency confirmed there is no tsunami threat to the island as a result of today and yesterday’s earthquake-like tremors.

On Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported Lava channels flowing into the ocean bed had caused an island made of lava to appeal in the sea just from Kapaho Bay.

And lava is “oozing” back out from the island, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.

The agency warned residents to steer clear of the active lava flow, due to the possibility of lava spilling over from channels.

More than 20 fissures have appeared in and around Big Island since the volcano first erupted in May of this year.

Fissure 8, considered one of the most aggressive points of the lava flow, has shot lava over 10,000 feet into the air over the last month.

The lava has been spreading across the island, making its way towards the Pacific Ocean where, upon contact with sea water, produces a corrosive and harmful gas called laze, which can cause lung collapse, respiratory problems and serious health issues.

The agency warned Hawaiians to avoid laze plumes, to minimise exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

And, similar to yesterday’s official warning, the Civil Defence Agency advised motorists to be on the lookout for cracks in roadways, while residents have been advised to seek cover if ash clouds are observed.

Meanwhile, assistance has been made available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

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