Will Lava From Kilauea’s Eruption Reach These Hawaii Homes?

Chris Jasurek
By Chris Jasurek
May 5, 2018US News
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Will Lava From Kilauea’s Eruption Reach These Hawaii Homes?
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This drone footage shows lava flowing from vents in Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano heading right toward suburban homes.

Kilauea has been erupting for few days, mostly spewing toxic gas and thick smoke, but some lava flows also started on May 4.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Department has ordered residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision in the Puna District to evacuate. More than 1,700 residents have been forced from their homes.

A man watches as lava is seen coming from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
A man watches as lava is seen coming from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

This video shows lava flowing into Leilani Estates. The lava is accompanied by extremely high levels of sulfur dioxide gas which the Civil Defense site describes as “an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed.”

The site warned residents, “First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate.”

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Lava flowing sluggishly from this fissure threatens homes in Puna. (AP Screenshot)

Six fissures, each several hundred yards long, have opened in the Puna District, on Kiluea’s eastern slope, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.  The vents are mostly expelling gas and smoke, with only spatters of lava shooting out.

Most of the lava was shooting upward—as high as 125 feet, HawaiiNewsNow reported, but not flowing down the hillside.

However, as this video shows, in at least one location lava is flowing, if not in large quantities. Several dwellings are at risk.

A firefighter takes photos near steam rising from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter takes photos near steam rising from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and the people who have built their homes on its slopes are used to the hazards.

This round of eruptions was punctuated by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on May 4, the strongest quake Hawaii has experienced since 1975, HawaiiNewsNow reported.

 

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