Hawaii volcano opens new fissure; five homes destroyed

Hawaii volcano opens new fissure; five homes destroyed

Lava flows continue to persist from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii after the eruption and hundreds of earthquakes forced locals to flee the area.

The volcano, one of five on the island, erupted on Thursday after a series of earthquakes over the last couple of days, including a 5.0 tremor earlier in the day, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

Residents have been evacuated from two remote, rural neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Hawaii Island where the lava is emerging from the fissures.

The Hawaii Fire Department reported extremely high levels of risky sulfur dioxide gas detected in the evacuation area, the Civil Defense Agency said.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb said the earthquakes reflected the volcano adjusting to the shifting magma.

The Friday quake happened about 12:30 p.m. and was centered on the south flank of Kilauea, which has been erupting into Leilani Estates since Thursday.

Volcanic eruptions release the gas, and exposure to high levels can be life-threatening, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He has remote cameras set up in his home and says that as of now his home is still intact. Most residents were evacuated, but some of them refused to leave their homes.

"I was a critical care nurse for 37 years, so I understand the health implications and the dangers involved", McMillan said.

Puu Oo's 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains hovering over 1,500 ft excessive.

More news: Hawaii on Alert- Lava from Volcano's Eruption Destroys Homes

It is not unheard of for strong earthquakes - even those bigger than magnitude 6.9 - to follow volcanic activity.

About 14,000 customers of Hawaii Electric Light lost power immediately after the quake.

Most of the earthquakes are caused by magma moving within the volcanoes.

Local officials closed volcano viewing areas while a portion of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was also closed.

Gary McMillan said his home is about 3,000 feet from one of the fissures in Leilani Estates. He later saw a video on social media showing lava splashing and bubbling a few feet from his home, he told CNN affiliate KITV.

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a crack opened on Pohoiki Road just east of Leilani Street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 5, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. Lava flows from the volcano have covered 48 square miles (125 square km), according to the USGS. A nearby neighborhood, Lanipuna Gardens, which has a few dozen people, also has been evacuated.

News, two houses have been burned down by lava coming from the volcano. Residents were anxious it would cover the town's main road and cut off the community from the rest of the island, but the molten rock stalled.

Almost 30 years ago, lava slowly covered an entire town, Kalapana, over the period of about a year.

By Sunday morning on Hawaii, the overall number of total cracks that have at one point spewed or sputtered lava had risen to 10.

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