Minor explosion at Hawaii volcano spews more ash into the air

Wednesday, June 13, 2018-The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, a small explosion happened at the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, shot more ash high into the atmosphere, putting communities in the southern part of the Big Island at risk,

Lava fragments busting from the lava fountains at fissure 8 are building a cinder-and-spatter cone around all the erupting vent, along with huge amount of the fragments falling on the downwind side of the cone, it also continues to feed a channelized lava flow that would reach the ocean at Kapoho, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

On Tuesday, Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said, “The summit itself is fairly stable, with continued seismic activity and a high likelihood of additional small explosions”, he also added, “The lava flow is contained within a channel flowing to the ocean with only minor outflows. The ash formed in the summit explosions may also be irritating to sensitive or susceptible individuals”.

On Saturday, hundreds of construction workers and also volunteers, including all the officials from the Hawaii National Guard and the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, started constructing 20 temporary housing units in Pahoa, for families forced from their homes.

While Hawaii’s Kilauea’s volcano has produced extremely hot and relatively slow-moving lava flows, which have engulfed hundreds of structures but allowed people to evacuate, Guatemala’s Fuego ejected much more dangerous pyroclastic flows, which kill everything in their path because they travel so fast and so far.

The Mount St. Helens eruption also produced pyroclastic flows, which covered approx. hundreds of square miles (km) to wasteland, and killed nearly 60 people and thousands of animals.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said last week, “The Hawaii eruption, has engulfed about 600 homes since May 3”..

by Sawan Kumar on June 13, 2018

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