Ash Eruption At Kilauea Summit Registered As 5.4 natural disaster

Ash Eruption At Kilauea Summit Registered As 5.4 natural disaster

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018. The oceanfront area, called Vacationland, was wiped out by lava this week.

Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii's five volcanoes, is feared to be on the brink of another major eruption after being rattled by more than 500 earthquakes over the weekend.

The destruction from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues.

Around 3 a.m. Friday, June 8, lava fountains erupting from fissure 8 on Kīlauea Volcano's Lower East Rift Zone were reaching heights of 180-220 feet.

Places to stayKilauea volcano eruptions:Near-continuous eruptions. Most recently, a huge river of lava has engulfed two entire seaside subdivisions - Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.

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Approximately 600 homes have been destroyed by lava flows on Hawaii's Big Island since the current eruption of Kilaeua Volcano began early last month, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said on Thursday. That's on top of the losses at Leilani Estates, one of the first areas to feel the destructive power of Kilauea.

The lava is "enough to cover Manhattan 6.5 feet deep" and fill 11.3 million average dump trucks, it said.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

It has forced the shutdown of a geothermal energy plant that normally provides about a quarter of the island's electricity.

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