Kilauea Volcano Hawaii lava floods and crushes homes

In Hawaii, the Big Island is currently ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano. Unfortunately, this event is not passed by the human destinies. In the residential area of ​​Leilani Estates counted at least 10 volcanic fissures. The Washington Post reports on the continuing advance of lava flows. At least two cracked open on Saturday evening. Some of the discovered previously stopped spewing lava.

Kilauea Volcano Hawaii lava floods and crushes homes

Kilauea volcanic shield consists mainly of basalt. For this reason, eruptions and explosions at the peak occurring rarely. Most often, the lava erupting from fissures surrounding rocks. Eruptions over the past 30 years, however, before all the limited filling nearest lava crater. At the moment, this crater is empty, and the lava is directed to new open fractures.

Kilauea Volcano Hawaii lava floods and crushes homes

Volcanologist US Geological Survey Wendy Stovall said that some of the new cracks formed will be closed and solidify to the extent that, as will be solidified lava, but it will lead to the emergence of new cracks where lava is erupting under great pressure. Cracking is accompanied by earthquakes. One of them reached 6, 9 points, and this is the largest earthquake on the island of Big Island, registered since 1975.

Kilauea Volcano Hawaii lava floods and crushes homes

At the moment, there is no reason to wait to improve the situation. 1,700 people were evacuated from a residential area and 21 house was engulfed in flames and destroyed. Many refused to evacuate, but remain in the area was too dangerous. In addition to lava residential area filled with clouds of sulfur dioxide, which can be deadly to humans. The direction of movement of these clouds can change rapidly depending on the wind, and most people are not prepared for the phenomenon.

Kilauea Volcano Hawaii lava floods and crushes homes

A further danger to people are explosions, which may be associated with abandoned gas tanks and problems of electric connection area. Meanwhile, lava flows continue to flow, and the magma is maintained, according to Wendy Stovall.