Volcanic 'curtain of fire' sends people fleeing Hawaii homes
The Kilauea volcano sent more lava into Hawaii communities Friday, a day after forcing nearly 1,500 people to flee from their mountainside homes, and authorities detected high levels of sulfur gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems.The eruption that began Thursday spewed molten lava that chewed through forests and bubbled up on paved streets. One resident described the scene as "a curtain of fire.
PAHOA, Hawaii -- Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old Since a first fissure opened in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground.
That long- stored lava would be relatively cool, and would move slowly when it flows out of the fissures near Leilani Estates. But as that lava is getting cleared out, newer and hotter magma could be moving underground from the summit reservoir and replacing it, resulting in an eruption of hotter and runnier
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Scientists believe lava that's been erupting in a Hawaii residential neighborhood since last week is magma that's been stored in the ground since Kilauea volcano erupted in the same region 63 years ago.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist Tina Neal said Friday that an analysis of rock samples indicates the lava's chemistry is similar to that from a 1955 eruption.
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction
Magma has already devoured more than two dozens home in and around the neighborhood of Leilani Estates .By helicopter, the destruction down below can be seen clearly. There aren't any firefighters down there because there's nothing they can do. The volcano is an unstoppable force. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Lava from volcanic fissures slowly advances and overtakes structures and trees in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the aftermath of eruptions from the the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 6, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Scientists say more explosions that could spawn even minor amounts of ash-fall could happen The fresher, hotter magma will allow faster lava flows that can potentially cover more area Much of the lava that has emerged so far may have been underground for decades, perhaps since a 1955 eruption.
Scientists said that 's because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six decades. The molten rock that began emerging over the past few days was from magma that has recently moved down the volcano's eastern flank
She says that's why the lava has been cool and has been moving a little sluggishly.
Neal says fresher, hotter lava could emerge because magma has been moving down Kilauea's rift zone toward the area where the volcano is erupting.
She says hotter, fresher and gassier magma can result in more voluminous lava flows. Fresher magma may also produce lava fountains that shoot higher into the air and larger, faster-moving lava flows.
Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island.
But most of the island is free of volcanic hazards, and local tourism officials hope travelers will recognize it's ready to welcome them.
The Latest: Hawaii volcano could have explosive eruption
The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii (all times local):10 a.m.Geologists say Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit caldera in coming weeks.The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the risk will rise if the lava drops below the groundwater level beneath the summit's caldera or craterlike basin. That's because an influx of water inside could cause steam-driven explosions.The agency says the volcano may eject blocks up to two yards (meters) in diameter a little less than a mile (a kilometer) away.
Lava that ’s flying through the air from cracks in the Earth can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces can be deadly, officials said. Scientists say the older lava is likely from magma that Kilauea has been storing underground since the volcano last erupted in 1955 .
Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma , sending a The change is attributed to new magma mixing with 1955 -era magma in the ground, creating hotter and more fluid flows, scientists said.
Rachel Smigelski-Theiss is among those who have shifted gears.
She had intended to visit Kilauea's summit with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. Now they've cancelled their trip. Smigelski-Theiss says she's worried potential flight disruptions would strand them on the island.
Hawaii officials have had a busy month pleading with travelers to keep their plans even as they're bombarded with images of natural disasters. Last month it was floods on Kauai. Now it is lava from Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.
Hawaii's governor is asking President Donald Trump to declare the state a disaster because of earthquakes and a volcanic eruption on the Big Island.
Gov. David Ige said Thursday the disaster is so severe that direct federal help is needed.
State officials estimate it will cost more than $2.9 million to protect residents over the next 30 days. The costs will skyrocket if there needs to be large-scale air and sea evacuations.
Hawaii volcano threatens power plant; mass evacuations possible
Hawaii volcano threatens power plant; mass evacuations possibleAfter a new fissure opened on Wednesday about half a mile from a geothermal power plant, Hawaii Governor David Ige set up an emergency task force to remove the pentane used in the plant's turbines. He cited estimates that if the fluid ignites, the resulting explosion could create a blast radius of up to one mile. (1.
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Scientists said that ’s because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six decades. The molten rock that began emerging over the past few days was from magma that has recently moved down the volcano’s eastern flank
Two subdivisions were ordered to evacuate last week after lava oozed from cracks in the ground, burning down some two dozen homes.
Ige says there's potential for a larger-scale evacuation as more fissures open. He says mass evacuation would be beyond county and state capabilities.
Officials say they aren't expecting a possible explosive volcano eruption to be life-threatening as long as people stay out of a surrounding Hawaii national park that's preparing to close.
Scientists worry Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater.
No one lives in the immediate area of the summit. It's within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which plans to close Thursday night.
Hawaii Volcano Observatory scientist Tina Neal says communities a mile or two away may be showered by pea-sized fragments or dusted with nontoxic ash.
Active eruption of lava from fissures some 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) east of the summit has paused. However, earthquakes continue and additional fissure outbreaks are expected.
Authorities ordered two subdivisions in the area to evacuate last week.
Man Allegedly Looted Lava-Evacuated Homes in Hawaii
Hawaii Police said the man is also a suspect in another burglary case in Leilani Estates. Stingu-Dragomir is being held at the Hilo Cellblock during the investigation, according to Hawaii Police.The investigation is being classified as a burglary of a dwelling during an emergency period, a Class “A” felony that is punishable by up to 20 years in jail.Hawaii Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Leilani Estates’ 1,700 residents were forced to evacuate after Kilauea volcano erupted and caused lava to ooze from fissures in the ground last week.
Scientists said that was because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 eruption that had been stored in the ground for six decades. The new lava is hotter, moves faster and has spread over a wider area. Scientists say they do not know how long the eruption will last.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano flowed through Hawaii until it reached the coast. It spilled into the sea and caused a chemical reaction which Scientists said that 's because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six decades.
Workers have removed flammable pentane from a nearby geothermal plant.
Flammable pentane has been moved out of a Hawaii geothermal plant that's near communities where lava has oozed from cracks in the ground.
Plant manager Mike Kaleikini said Thursday that all the fuel was moved off-site to a secure location.
Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe says the pentane was moved to an industrial park some 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from the Puna Geothermal Venture.
The pant sits on the edge of Leilani Estates, one of the areas where nearly 2,000 residents have been forced to evacuate as Kilauea spewed lava. And with new fissures opening closer to the edge of the plant, residents are getting even more worried.
Scientists say active eruption of lava within the Leilani Estates remains paused. However, earthquake activity and ground deformation continue and additional outbreaks in the general area are expected.
Authorities have accelerated the timeline for moving flammable pentane from a Hawaii geothermal plant that's near communities where lava has oozed from cracks in the ground.
Workers are moving the fuel to an industrial park about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) away. All 50,000 gallons (189,270 liters) of pentane was expected to be removed by the end of Thursday.
Volcano explosion won't be deadly if people stay out of park
A Hawaii volcano that has sputtered lava for a week, destroyed homes and threatened a geothermal plant presents another threat. Load Error
Scientists said that ’s because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past The new lava is hotter, moves faster and has spread over a wider area. Early Monday, a small eruption occurred at the Kilauea summit, producing an ash
Scientists said that 's because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six Lava Oozes Down Hawaii Streets as Volcano Eruption Continues. Residents of Hawaii ’s Big Island were forced to evacuate their homes as lava
Pentane is a flammable liquid similar to lighter fluid, or butane.
Officials said earlier this week they had planned to move the pentane over the next few weeks but accelerated the effort because of the ongoing lava threat.
The Puna Geothermal Venture is owned by Nevada company Ormat Technologies.
It sits on the edge of Leilani Estates, one of the areas where nearly 2,000 residents have been forced to evacuate as Kilauea continues to spew lava. And with new fissures are opening closer to the edge of the plant, residents are getting even more worried.
Workers are moving flammable fuel from a geothermal plant that's near a Hawaii community where lava has oozed out of cracks in the ground.
Hawaii County officials say pentane is being moved from Puna Geothermal Venture to an offsite industrial park away from the neighborhoods where lava fissures have emerged.
Scientists say activity from the most recent lava fissure that opened up has paused but dangerous fumes continue to be released.
County officials say as of Thursday 15 fissures have emerged. Some two dozen homes have burned.
There is also concern that Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater.
Scientists say the explosive eruption could occur even as the volcano continues to splatter and ooze lava out of its eastern flank into a residential area.
Two subdivisions were evacuated last week after lava oozed out of the fissures.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater. That kind of explosive eruption was last displayed by the volcano nearly a century ago.
This eruption could occur even the volcano continues to splatter and ooze lava out of its eastern flank into a residential area.
Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige says a geothermal energy plant near the lava outbreak would remove its storage of a flammable gas called pentane by the end of the day Thursday.
He says it would be "very hazardous" if a volcanic vent were to open under the facility where the fuel is stored.
This version corrects that the material being moved from the plant is pentane, not pentene, and is in liquid, not gas form.
Four residents airlifted, dozens more structures destroyed by lava on Hawaii’s Big Island .
A short explosion from the Kilauea crater sent an ash cloud about 10,000 feet into the air around midnight Saturday.Lava crept through residential areas on Hawaii’s Big Island, destroying dozens more structures, including four homes, over the past 24 hours as Kilauea capped off another week of volcanic activity.