Kilauea Unleashes More Small Blasts, Snaking Lava

More Small Blasts from Hawaii Volcano

Small explosions at the summit of an erupting Hawaii volcano could send ash into communities.

Lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 55m from Saturday night into Sunday, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean, it said.

U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii County Civil Defense reports said lava overflowed the channel for several hours near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, though nearly none of the overspill extended beyond hardened lava previously laid down since the eruption in Puna's lower East Rift Zone began May 3 in the middle of the residential subdivision.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to erupt from a fissure and forms a river of lava flowing down to Kapoho on June 10, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

While the lava continues to spew in lower Puna, seismic events at Kilauea volcano's summit are also continuous.

"Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water", the observatory said.

Approximately eight square miles of Hawaii's Big Island has been covered by lava since this period of activity began on May 3.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay. So far, lava has claimed as many as 700 homes, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim has said, taking out whole communities. Residents have been warned to avoid the area.

"There is no magic wand for this event", said Robert Fenton, a FEMA administrator.

At least 12,000 earthquakes on Hawaii's Big Island in the last 30 days.

Lava illuminates a sign in Leilani Estates during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii on June 9.

Thousands of residents have fled their homes and at least 600 homes have been destroyed.

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