Sixteenth, 17 th and 18 th rifts open with magma thrown 100 ft into air while geologists say steam eruption could create 20,000 ft plume
A new rift in Hawaii’s Puna district has sent gases and lava exploding into the air, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit.
Hawaii district civil defense issued an emergency alerting after the rift was detected early Sunday morning. The agency said one” unidentified structure” was destroyed by the new vent, bringing the total number of homes and other buildings lost to the lava to virtually 40.
Residents in the immediate area were to say to evacuate, and two nearby community centers were serving as shelters for people and pets.
Geologists caution that Kilauea’s summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge stones and ash miles into the sky.
Thousands of people have fled their homes on Big Island and dozens of structures have been destroyed. Geologists have warned that Kilauea’s summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would spew ash 20,000 ft( 6,100 metres) high and spread debris up to 12 miles( 19 km ).
The new rift- the 18 th- was reported to the west of Highway 132, along Hale Kamahina Loop Road. Residents on that road were was necessary to evacuate. Two community centers were open to shelter people and pets.
Two new rifts also opened on Saturday, around the Leilani Estates neighborhood. The US Geological Survey( USGS) reported that the 17 th rift, which opened around 6pm on Saturday, was spattering but no flowing had formed. The 16 th fissure spilled lava into a field earlier today, close to several homes.
” It’s right by my house, which is now being kind of scary ,” said Haley Clinton, 17, who strolled to insure the new cracking with her parent, Darryl, and sister Jolon, 15. “It’s really cool.”
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