Volcano Continues to Threaten Homes on the Island of Hawai’i

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed by lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island of Oahu. Reports from scientists indicate lava and toxic gas spewing more than 200 feet in the air from cracks in the ground. More than 1,700 people have fled their homes.  Here is what we know: Kilauea, one of five volcanoes on the island and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, has actually been erupting since 1983. The U.S. Geological Survey warned last month that pressure was building under the surface. The crater floor began to disintegrate a week ago, triggering a series of earthquakes.  Molten rock from the volcano reached the surface Thursday.  On Friday, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake rattled the region – it was Hawaii’s most intense quake in more than four decades, then smaller aftershocks followed and lava began slowly flowing into the neighborhood.  On Sunday, eruption of lava continued  with geologists reporting new ground cracks emitting thick steam and gases.  Lava has flowed across eight acres, destroying at least 26 homes. It is unclear when the flow will stop or how large the lava field will become. “If the current eruption continues in the same way, many more houses could be destroyed.”

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