Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Volcanic gases prompt door-to-door evacuation in Hawaii

Volcanic gases prompt door-to-door evacuation in Hawaii

Hawaii County officials said a further four unspecified buildings had also been destroyed by lava and warned that fissures created by the main eruption are also causing steam and toxic gasses to vent out unpredictably. Since the eruption began last week, 36 buildings have been consumed by the volcano's fury, and almost 2,000 residents have fled the area.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday that the movement of magma from the summit out toward the Leilani Estates neighborhood, where 14 fissures have opened in the past week, has caused the lava lake at the top of the volcano to drop in elevation.

"Why it would push magma 10 miles (16 km) down from where it was erupting is a mystery", he said.

The types of lavas we're seeing extruded out now are what cover the entire surface of the island, and events like this are how it was formed over time. "But the difference with this is that's occurring in an area where people are living, and it's impacting their lives in a negative way so that's why it seems to be quite dramatic".

In addition a 15th fissure has been confirmed in Leilani Estates.

"This current eruption started in 1983", she said. "It's devastating, but I've come to terms with it".

He tried to succeed in his home on Tuesday, however he and neighbours have been stopped by a 20-foot tall pile of lava.

"It indicates that it's a fairly common process and since they've been keeping track of these kind of eruptions, basically they've been keeping track over the last 250 years, you're getting eruptions on the Big Island about every four years", he explained. But that record pales in comparison to a volcano in Costa Rica that has been continuously erupting since 1968.

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The collapse of the crater floor on Monday triggered a succession of earthquakes and forced magma through underground chambers towards residential communities and farms.

On Friday, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster, the strongest in Hawaii since 1975, led to the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and temporarily knocked out power, affecting about 14,000 customers, according to electric utility company Hawaii Electric Light Co.

David Ige issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions, affecting some 1,500 people. One of the year's first harvests had been planned for this weekend. Do you could have a narrative for The Solar On-line information staff?

Per a report from USA Today, sulfur dioxide will immediately cause respiratory problems at low levels. Lava, unsafe gases and earthquakes are all potential risks on the island, but if the weather changes, another risk will be added to that list-acid rain.

Residents were being allowed to check on their properties from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. each day but must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice, the Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency says.

Emergency teams donned gas masks and went door-to-door evacuating residents who returned to the Laipuna Gardens neighbourhood east of Kilauea after the initial eruption to care for homes, pets and livestock.

"Please, the residents of Leilani [Estates] need our help".

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