Kilauea volcano: Soar over active summit in awe-inspiring drone footage
29 May, 2018, 14:03 | Author: Edward Snyder
The continuous flow of lava and the fissures that are erupting from the Kilauea volcano were captured in the latest aerial shots by the Hawaii Army National Guard.
Volcanic gases and vog emissions may increase in areas downwind of the Lower East Rift Zone lava vents.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported this morning that a new fissure 24 opened.
The ongoing eruption, which has produced rivers of lava, is also threatening to cover more wells at a geothermal power station.
Lava from the Kilauea volcano has halted after reaching a geothermal power plant on the Big Island on Sunday, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava.
At least 82 homes have been completely destroyed since the first eruption over a month ago, forcing more than 2000 people to flee the area.
On Friday afternoon, firefighters went door to door in Leilani Estates urging resident to leave as the lava advanced toward the neighborhood.
"Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings", it said.
Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall says the methane can cause explosions when it's ignited while trapped underground. While one man almost lost his leg to flying lava splatter, no one has died yet in connection to the volcanic activity.
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Although potentially fatal if inhaled, Stovall said the danger was confined to the immediate vicinity of laze plumes themselves. Earlier this month officials removed a flammable gas called pentane from the plant to reduce the chance of explosions.
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