9,900 earthquakes hit Hawaii Island in last 30 days

9,900 earthquakes hit Hawaii Island in last 30 days

9,900 earthquakes hit Hawaii Island in last 30 days

HONOLULU-Lava from the Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes in a mostly rural area on the Big Island of Hawaii overnight, a county spokesperson said Tuesday. Inland, where molten rock is burning through the jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the explosion was associated with a Magnitude 5.5 natural disaster.

This satellite image provided by Digital Globe captured June 3, 2018, shows advancing lava flows on Hawaii as they approach Kapoho Bay and the Vacationland residential neighborhood. Lava has completely filled the nearby Kapoho Bay and inundated much of Vacationland, according to the AP. "Period", county spokeswoman Janet Snyder told reporters.

The agency said there was no access along Highway 132 and Highway 137.

Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay late Sunday or early Monday, forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean.

The report of mounting damage followed a mandatory evacuation order issued Thursday night for a portion of the Leilani Estates subdivision in the midst of "vigorous lava eruptions" threatening homes, the Civil Defense said.

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About 7.7 square miles are covered by lava, which is about 0.2 percent of Hawaii Island, according to the USGS. The flow has prompted warnings from Hawaii County Civil Defense authorities about laze - steam formed of lava and haze that sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

At least 117 homes have been destroyed in the four weeks since lava began flowing, Magno said Monday.

There are no immediate reports or damage, injuries or fatalities from the quake, which was recorded at around 3.30pm GMT.

The volcano erupted in early May and has resulted in thousands of evacuations and rampant destruction ever since.

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a motorist after he disregarded and sped through a traffic control checkpoint on Government Beach Road just north of the intersection with Hwy. "Refusing to evacuate may put you, your family and first responders in danger".

In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

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