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Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Satellite images show effects of volcano's latest explosion on Hawaii's Big Island

Satellite images show effects of volcano's latest explosion on Hawaii's Big Island

The lava from Kilauea volcano that flowed into Kapoho Bay has created almost a mile of new land, the officials added.

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., June 5, 2018.

Sideways moving of this broad Kapoho Bay lava flow creeps north through what remains of Kapoho Beach Lots, but none of the other previously active lobes of the large fissure 8 flows are receiving fresh lava and have hence stalled.

Vigorous eruption of lava is continuing from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

Janet Babb said toxic gas emissions remained a high hazard for communities downwind from Kilauea's Summit. "Over 600 homes destroyed by lava rivers in Hawaii", Kim told a press conference. "Don't forget the farmers, don't forget the ranchers, don't forget all the employees for them".

Lava has been flowing for a month on the Big Island and it's now reshaping the coastline as it spills out to sea.

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At Kilauea's summit, increased natural disaster activity has led to explosive eruptions, some of which have shot rock and ash high into the air.

Twenty-four vents, or fissures, have opened up in a mostly rural district of the island since May 3, but lava was coming out only from one fissure, scientists said Friday.

So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's Hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcanic goddess of Hawaiian myth.

"Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs".

Kim, who lost his own home to the devastating magma march that began in May, has been pushing for more funding to help thousands of displaced residents.

In addition to property damage, the eruption has severed highways, knocked out power and telephone services and shut down a geothermal plant that usually provides about a quarter of the island's power.

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