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Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:00

Hawaii volcano eruption: Blue fire billowing from fissure

Hawaii volcano eruption: Blue fire billowing from fissure Hawaii volcano eruption: Blue fire billowing from fissure.

Blue flames from fissures in the ground appear in Hawaii's mount Kilauea threatening new residential buildings.

The most recent eruption has ripped dozens of fissures in the Earth's surface, allowing lava and dangerous gasses to escape. The most prominent is fissure 8, which is spewing out lava that runs in a channel from Leilani Estates to the ocean. The report said that lava is flowing out of fissure 8 at an estimated rate of 100 cubic meters per second and shows no signs of waning pressure. Footage from new video shows the blue flames arising from the surface of the ground. The areas of Four Corners and Kapoho Beach Lots are now under danger as lava flows towards them. The spread of the flow to the east of Leilani Estates in the Puna District is shown in a map released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). 

Until today, approximately 700 houses have been destroyed and 2000 people have abandoned their homes due to lava flows. The residents have been urged to avoid active areas and to be cautious about breakouts in the active flow field. Hawaii's Mayor Harry Kim, whose house was also destroyed, said: "I have lost what I consider the most beautiful place in the world but my troubles are minor compared with people who are losing everything." A M5,4 earthquake was caused by the latest explosion of Kilauea volcano. At least 500 aftershocks were recorded in 24 hours. USGS supervisory geophysicist, Brian Shiro stated that this was the highest rate ever measured at the summit area.

After 2 months of continuous eruptions, it is speculated that the volcanic activity may last for years. A USGS spokesman said: "We're not exactly sure how much magma is beneath the summit. We only have estimates. But we are confident that it is at least in excess of 100 times what has been erupted so far, so we would need years of the current eruption rate to empty the summit." John Burns, an oceanologist told that the eruption destroyed part of the natural habitat in Hawaii. "There was no place like Kapoho in all of Hawaii. That entire habitat is gone now," he said.


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Hawaii Volcano Eruption: New video shows terrifying BLUE FIRE billowing from Fissure 8

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