The Hawaii volcano, Mount Kilauea, continues to spew lava across Big Island as it enters its second month of eruptions.
Shocking new video footage reveals the enormous power with which lava continues to blast through Fissure 8.
It also shows lava flows coming within feet of occupied homes.
The video comes after two huge new cracks opened up close to Fissure 10 at the corner of Pomaikai and Malama.
Several other fissures also burst into life over the weekend, causing plumes of toxic smoke to spread over the western part of the island.
Lava was spotted erupting from Fissures 16 and 22 which emerged on Friday, as Fissure 8 continues to erupt raging lava flowing to the Kapoho ocean.
The Hawaii Fire Department were also called at 12.15pm local time on Saturday after high levels of heat in the region sparked a raging bush fire near Puuanahulu, causing Highway 190 to remain closed.
Highway 190 was closed for a few hours although the road is now open for vehicles, but officials warned locals to take caution.
Pele’s hair and volcanic gas fragments continue to threaten Big Island, as trade wins are expected to carry lava particles several metres from Kilauea’s vent.
Officials have also warned residents of “laze”, which occurs when lava and water combine, creating corrosive plumes of hydrochloric acid with fine volcanic particles that can irritate skin, eyes and lungs.
Lava now covers more than 6,000 acres of land, the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency confirmed last week.
It also revealed that 467 homes had been destroyed by lava since the Kilauea volcano began to erupt six weeks ago.
More than 2,000 islanders were forced to evacuate last month as flows of lava reached settlements, and most are yet to return home.
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold took this amazing photo (below) on June 20th, 2018 of Hawaii’s volcano erupting from the International Space Station, Forbes reports. You can see sunrise peeking out of the corner of Earth as a fiery orange dot glows in the darkness.
The two images above compare Hawaii’s eruption on May 23rd and June 8th from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. The Sentinel-2 is an Earth observation satellite deployed by the European Space Agency to monitor land changes, natural disasters, and forests.
The infrared image below is from DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-3 satellite and shows the river of lava erupting out of Kilauea. The image is falsely colored to show heat coming from the lava flow. You can see the flow encroaching on Kapoho Bay, which it eventually nearly filled in with basalt rock.
In other volcano news, shocking satellite photos of before and after the eruption of Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego, meaning ‘Volcano of Fire’ show whole suburbs wiped off the map as hundreds of houses collapsed when tons of falling ash crushed them.
So one has to ask, is 2018 the “Year of the Volcano”? Scientists worry as the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ has gone ballistic.
Scientists warned in February that the Ring of Fire showed signed of large scale eruptions, saying that the cluster of tremors around the planet’s so-called Ring of Fire- a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone – could indicate the “big one” is due to hit.
The research, published in the journal Science Advances, involved analysis of 101 major earthquakes around the Pacific Ring of Fire between 1990 and 2016.
Thorne Lay, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, said:
“Based on the clustering of earthquakes in space and time, the area that has just slipped is actually more likely to have another failure.”
He added that despite the stress on the fault being lowered to below failure level, “the surrounding areas have been pushed towards failure in many cases, giving rise to aftershocks and the possibility of an adjacent large rupture sooner rather than later.”
“Taiwan, Guam and Japan are far apart relative to the static stress interactions, but one could examine the seismic shaking from an earlier event in the region of a later event to see if small earthquakes were triggered as the seismic waves went by which could have led to a cascade of failures culminating in a larger event”. and that “Earthquakes are happening frequently in the Ring of Fire, and some apparent space-time clustering could arise from purely random (non-interacting) activity.”
“Until that type of analysis is done, causal connection between the events is very speculative.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 25th, 2018