Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

'There was a future': Past Hawaii eruptions provide lessons

'There was a future': Past Hawaii eruptions provide lessons

Activity on Saturday included an explosive event at Halemaumau Crater that had the energy of a 5.3 magnitude quake, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Fissures 16 and 18 also continued to ooze lava.

As Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone remains active, lava fountains are reaching 170 feet tall, leaving gas emissions high.

Journalists and National Guard soldiers watch as lava erupts in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 9, 2018.

Ige says 455 homes have been destroyed by the continuing flow from Kilauea Volcano, but the Big Island's Mayor said the lava has claimed up to 700 homes.

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It is the most destructive in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington, which killed at least 57 people.

Thousands were evacuated and hundreds of homes have been destroyed since the eruption began in May.

The geographical footprint of Kilauea's current upheaval is much smaller, covering almost 6,000 acres, or just over 9 square miles (2,400 hectares) of the Big Island in lava, an area roughly seven times Central Park in Manhattan. Winds are expected to continue to bring vog to the central, southern and western parts of Hawaii Island.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported an explosive eruption at Kilauea's summit Saturday morning.

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