Fissure 8 dominates eruption with lava fountains, flows

Fissure 8 dominates eruption with lava fountains, flows

Punctuating that point, Kilauea again erupted early Tuesday with a blast similar to a series of explosions that have sent towering columns of ash high above the island.

The U.S. Geological Survey said lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 55 metres over the weekend, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean. Scientists warn against venturing too close to where the lava is entering the ocean, saying it could expose people to dangers from flying debris.

Fissure 8 continued to feed a vigorous channelized lava flow to the east of the vent on Saturday morning.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would carry out an assessment of the number of houses Kilauea destroyed over the coming days, adding the affected buildings could be as many as 700.

The lava's entry into the ocean was also producing laze - a hazardous mix of acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

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Small animals are being accepted at the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 259-2847. Officials say the cause of the wildfire, which started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude quake and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: "What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean". Many won't: FEMA payments generally won't cover second homes or vacation property or buildings erected without proper permits, and numerous properties in the path of the lava fall into those categories.

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

The volcano has presented a myriad of hazards over its 40-day rampage across Big Island.

The ongoing lava flows have forced thousands of people from their homes, although many have been allowed to return on a temporary basis, particularly in the Leilani Estates area.

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