May 23 11:41

New concerns as Hawaii volcano lava nears geothermal plant

After Kilauea erupted more than two weeks ago, lava has moved closer to a geothermal power plant and increased the threat of “laze”- a toxic haze created when lava enters the ocean.

May 23 11:41

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cracks in the ground in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock made rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.

The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of it toward the southwest.

May 23 11:40

Hawaii volcano earthquakes today: Could Big Island be hit by BIG ONE as Kilauea erupts?

HAWAII’S Mount Kilauea continues its reign of terror on Big Island with 23 fissures open and spewing lava and the list of hazards continuing to grow. With earthquakes rocking the island, could it be hit by the Big One as Kilauea erupts?

May 23 11:09

K?lauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. HST

May 23 10:51

Feet from incineration! River of lava stops just yards short of engulfing home of Hawaii woman, 75… after she snapped volcano exploding through her bedroom window

An avalanche of lava has stopped miraculously short of the home of Hawaii woman who photographed the terrifying volcanic eruption from her bedroom window.

Dramatic photos showed a black river of lava just metres away from 75-year-old Dona Meuller's house in Puna.

She had earlier watched the enormous eruption taking place from the property as she returned to collect some belongings having earlier been evacuated.

Ms Meuller was able to capture the extraordinary display from her bedroom window where the lava could be seen spewing from a volcano, and flows spilled down to the front of her home.

May 23 10:34

UPDATE: Hawaii Lava 7:45 PM 22 May 2018 Lower Kahukai Leilani Estates lava flow

May 23 10:34

USGS Scientist Gives Hawaii Eruption Presentation (May 22, 2018)

May 23 10:29

The reason you can't stop watching the lava

Lava exploding as it pours into the sea. Cars engulfed in a molten torrent. Steam billowing, cloud-like, as inner Earth meets ocean.

There is something mesmerizing about the sheer power of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, magnificent and malevolent all at once, a reminder that for all of our modern-day progress, nature possesses vast powers we cannot tame. Around the world, but especially in the United States, people are watching, rapt.

May 23 10:28

After another Kilauea eruption, photos show a slow-motion disaster

Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano erupted once again yesterday, spewing ash more than 30,000 feet in the air.

It’s the latest in a series of eruptions on the state’s Big Island. The eruptions, which started several weeks ago, have resulted in 21 lava-seeping fissures, clouds of toxic gas, and the destruction of dozens of homes. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated.

“Every day has gotten worse,” one Big Island resident told CNN.

The May 17 eruption suggests that Kilauea’s heightened activity is far from ceasing. But Reuters also noted that while a miles-high ash cloud may seem apocalyptic, the volcanic activity so far has not been nearly as bad as it could have been.

May 23 10:27

Haunting Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Glowing Kilauea Volcano From Above

Normally, the wide-angle camera at the Gemini North telescope is used to monitor atmospheric conditions, but officials at the high-altitude observatory recently used it to create this stunning, 45-second-long timelapse.

The vantage point is from Mauna Kea, a dormant Big Island volcano that’s 13,800 feet (4,200 meters) high, and located 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Mount Kilauea. The infrared filter was removed from the camera, giving the volcanic glow its whitish-blue hue, rather than the expected red glow from the lava.

May 23 10:27

Hawaii volcano eruption: Could Kilauea eruptions be bigger than Pompeii?

Concerns are mounting as Kilauea enters its most violent stage yet, as the lava lake drops nearer to the water table.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory warned: “At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent.

“Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues.”

The youngest yet most active of all Hawaii’s volcanoes, Kilauea eruption - which has been continuous since shows no signs of slowing down on Big Island.

May 23 10:26

How NASA Tech Is Helping Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Response

The response teams on the ground quickly turned to NASA for help, agency officials said. [In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space]

"One of the first things emergency responders wanted to know was where the lava was coming out — where are all the fissures?" J. Carver Struve, NASA emergency management co-lead at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

Seven scientific instruments aboard five NASA and partner satellites helped answer this question and have provided a wealth of other important data — the composition and size of newly emitted volcanic plumes, for example, and how, exactly, the movement of molten rock underground is deforming the ground on the Big Island.

May 23 08:17

Hawaii Is Losing Its Most Iconic Tree to Disease

Over the last several years, a deadly fungal disease has killed hundreds of thousands of native Hawaiian ??hi?a trees. Before now, the disease—Rapid ??hi?a Death—was limited to Hawai?i Island. But the disease-causing fungus has now been found on the island of Kaua?i. And that’s a big problem, considering that ??hi?a is arguably the most important tree in the archipelago’s sensitive island ecosystems and traditional Hawaiian culture.

May 22 19:08

Israeli-owned geothermal plant in Hawaii under fire as lava oozes nearby

Workers scramble to shut vents at Ormat Technology's Puna facility after Kilauea eruption claims adjacent building; stocks tumble in Tel Aviv and New York

May 22 18:43

Man Defending Hawaii Home from Volcano is Hit by Flaming ‘Lava Bomb’

"You might want to step back," said Darryl Clinton as yet another explosion boomed nearby.

He seemed to know exactly what that sound meant. A fissure that violently cracked open the earth's surface was spewing more lava and, possibly, more lava bombs -- flying chunks of molten rock.

May 22 18:35

'Lava haze' and 'vog': toxic volcanic gases prompt health fears in Hawaii

deadly plumes of volcanic gas and particles are polluting the Big Island in the wake of recent eruptions

May 22 18:28

Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide emissions surge

more than doubled since the current eruption began.

May 22 18:07

Geothermal plant has been breached -- Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant |

May 22 15:32

'No one has faced this before' --- New eruptions at Hawaii volcano sends lava closer to power plant

Authorities in Hawaii were scrambling to firm up contingency plans Tuesday as hot, powerful lava flowing from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano slowly encroached on a Big Island power plant.

The lava flow entered the 800-acre property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant on Monday and had stalled at a swale about 300 yards from the nearest underground well. On Tuesday, the lava was advancing.

"Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight," Hawaii County civil defense officials said in a statement. "The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to PGV property."

If lava breaches wells, authorities fear it could release hydrogen sulfide, a toxic and flammable gas. Most of the wells have been capped with a thick, steel plate.

Thomas Travis, an administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, has warned that the intense heat could diminish the strength of the metal.

May 22 15:23

'No one has faced this before' --- New eruptions at Hawaii volcano sends lava closer to power plant

---- having lava flow across the well causes some uncertainties

May 22 14:52

Hawaii National Guard Presence Builds As Lava Nears Geothermal Power Plant

National Guard presence on the island is high as molten lava has made its way within a few hundred yards of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant which government insiders have already warned may explode.

May 22 13:38

Kilauea's Wrath Threatens Power Plant — And Hawaii's Most Powerful Industry

In the weeks since the Kilauea volcano began belching lava into Hawaii's residential areas, the fiery flow has destroyed dozens of structures and covered scores of acres on the Big Island. But authorities fear its destructive reach could ravage at least two more cornerstones of the state: its power supply and, a little less tangibly, its all-important tourism industry.

On Monday evening local time, the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency announced that lava from nearby fissures had begun to encroach on the southern edge of one of the state's key sources of power, the Puna Geothermal Venture.

The plant harvests hot liquid and steam from underground wells to drive turbine generators for electricity, which is then sold to the state's largest utility. The plant provides roughly a quarter of the Big Island's power, according to Reuters.

May 22 12:55

Hawaii volcano eruption: Has Highway 137 Hawaii been hit? Lava enters sea

MOLTEN lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has sped towards major routes, threatening to cut off key evacuation roads for coastal residents - but has Highway 137 been hit yet? How far away is the lava flow?

Residents were airlifted to safety from the Puna area as new explosive eruptions caused boiling lava from two huge cracks at Fissure 20 to merge into a fast-flowing river.

One homeowner was seriously injured after being splattered with lava from the fresh eruptions as he sat on his third-floor balcony.

Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii, said: "It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg,”.

She added lava spatters “can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill”.

May 22 11:30

In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space

May 22 11:29

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued to gush out of large cracks in the ground that formed in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock formed rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.

The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano's summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of the ash toward the southwest.

May 22 11:28

False tsunami rumors swirl after Big Island quakes

When a 6.9 earthquake shook the Big Island earlier this month, tsunami fears kicked into high gear and so did the rumor mill.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it received dozens of phone calls asking if a tsunami was coming.

"We've received phone calls even from the mainland asking about a tsunami hazard from Hawaii," Oceanographer Nathan Becker said.

There was no tsunami threat.

There are plenty of dangerous things happening on the Big Island these days, but so far, a tsunami has not been one of them.

Becker reminds the public to always double check their source of information.

May 22 11:28

Explosive eruptions continue to produce plumes of ash at Kilauea's summit crater

Explosions continue at the summit of Kilauea, prompting authorities to warn area residents about the threat of ashfall.

The latest eruption at Halemaumau Crater happened around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, creating an ash plume that was about 8,000 feet above sea level. They also warned that the wind may carry the plume to the southwest.

Hours earlier, around 8 p.m. Monday, another "very small" explosion occurred. But earlier in the day, about 6 p.m., a more sizable explosion rocked the summit.

And well before dawn, about 12:55 a.m., a large eruption sent an ash plume 7,000 feet above sea level.

May 22 10:54

As Lava Nears, Officials Working To Kill Geothermal Wells

May 21 12:27

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.

Since a first fissure opened in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed 40 structures.

On Friday afternoon, the lava changed dramatically with one fissure ramping up and sending a flow across a road, destroying four more homes and isolating residents, some of whom had to be air-lifted to safety.

May 21 12:25

Hawaii Residents Trapped As Volcanic Eruption Intensifies, First Major Injury Reported After "Lava Bomb"

More residents of Hawaii's Big Island have been told to evacuate as fast moving lava threatens homes and businesses after a new, explosive eruption took place at Kilauea's summit crater Saturday as well as the emergence of fresh, faster flowing lava throughout the region. Some 22 fissures have opened up in the lower Puna district since the eruptions began over two weeks ago, claiming at least 44 structures in the affluent Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

Residents across the Ka'u region have been advised to prepare for "rapid changes in air quality" due to the potential for ashfall or increased levels of sulfur dioxide.

May 21 11:55

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Sunday Night (May 20, 2018)

May 21 11:34

Volcano's gassy, glassy 'laze' a new threat for Hawaii

Hawaii faced a new hazard on Sunday as lava flows from Kilauea's volcanic eruption could produce clouds of acid fumes, steam, and glass-like particles as they reach the Pacific, authorities said.

Civil defense notices cautioned motorists, boaters and beachgoers to beware of caustic plumes of "laze" formed from two streams of hot lava pouring into the sea after cutting across Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and early Sunday.

The bulletins also warned that reports of toxic sulfur dioxide gas being vented from various points around the volcano had tripled, urging residents to "take action necessary to limit further exposure."

May 21 10:58

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna Hawaii

May 21 10:35

17 surreal images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption

May 20 01:35

Nobody is talking about this - 'Hilina Slump" - Could cause Mega-Tsunami if it goes!

May 12, 2018: A major geological event is still ongoing in Hawaii as the South Flank of the Kilauea Volcano has moved 2ft towards the sea! GPS confirmed as lava and quakes continue. Be safe...

May 19 23:48


Excuse the global warming crap!

Volcanic activity, is an example of a non-anthropogenic source of international pollutions. Volcanic eruptions release large quantities of greenhouse gases and other aerosols into the atmosphere, these gases form massive clouds which accumulate in the atmosphere; this process is referred to as outgassing or offgassing In addition to magma particulates, known as ash or pyroclastic flow, volcanic eruptions release water vapor(H20), carbon dioxide(CO2), sulphur dioxide(SO2), hydrogen sulfide(H2S), carbon monoxide(CO), hydrogen chloride(HCl), and hydrogen fluoride(HF) into the atmosphere.

Figure 3 – Volcanic gas composition (USGS, 2010)
Tectonic Style
Temperature Kilauea Summit
Hot Spot

May 19 16:18

#KilaueaVolcano LATEST Video -- USGS update


#LeilaniEstatesEruptionWe’re #LIVE from the lower East Rift Zone at 12p,

but here’s : Fountaining is occurring at Fissure 17, and Fissures 16-20 have merged into a continuous line

May 19 13:10

New fissures open, lava becomes more fluid in Leilani Estates

May 19 10:50

Kilauea Eruption Sends Ash And Lava Bombs Flying, Forces Evacuations

Another explosive eruption at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could blanket parts of the Big Island in ash.

On Friday, the volcano and its fissures spewed lava up to 200 feet in the air and ejected lava bombs — or chunks of molten rock the size of refrigerators.

May 19 10:49

Lava From Mt. Kilauea Isolates 40 Homes, Choppers Evacuate Locals

Fast-moving lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes.

With no other way out, helicopters airlifted four people.

May 19 10:49

Super HD Cam - Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna

40 homes destroyed yesterday

lava washed roads are cutting off people from escape

helicopters airlifting people out


May 19 02:18

New Fissure, 22nd Vent Located SE of Puna Geothermal -- Plant in Hawaii Remains Threatened

Forty structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

Several fissures are active with spattering. A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.


May 18 18:20

Hawaii National Guard Whistleblowers Warn Friends, Family Of Imminent Power-Plant Explosion, Tsunami

"A friend that works with our Civil Defense shared to just be prepared [be]cause the data is going OFF THEIR CHARTS, setting off all kind [of] bells at work."

May 18 18:09

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna

May 18 12:02

New fissure opens in lower Puna while others still spewing lava

The eruptions continue in lower Puna with yet another fissure opening on Friday morning and older ones still actively spewing lava.

May 18 12:01

Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks, experts say

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano exploded a tall, steely gray column of ash into the sky Thursday, just as scientists warned eight days ago. Experts say the explosive ballistic displays could continue for weeks, and they don’t know when it’s going to stop.

“There’s so many variables. It’s complicated, like a bad Facebook relationship status,” said volcanologist Janine Krippner of Concord University in West Virginia. “Something will eventually change like it has over and over and over again.”

In 1924, when similar conditions occurred at Kilauea on the Big Island, there were more than 50 distinct explosions like the one Thursday over a period of more than two weeks, she said.

May 18 12:00

2 Weeks After Hawaii Volcano Eruption, Residents Say Conditions Are Getting Worse

When the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, Gebbie and hundreds of others were forced from their homes in the Leilani Estates subdivision. His home is still standing today, but it's surrounded by toxic gas.

"It's hard to believe that it's happened in our neighborhood," Gebbie says. "And every day has gotten worse."

May 18 11:58

The Latest: Too risky to check if volcano hurled boulders

Geologists aren’t planning to check if an eruption at a Hawaii volcano ejected any large boulders.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory moved to a university campus after concerns that Kilauea could hurl big rocks.

Observatory scientist Steve Brantley says it’s too dangerous to send geologists to measure any possible boulders after the summit of the volcano spewed ash about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the air Thursday.

Scientists say more explosions are possible, but it’s not known when they could occur. They say light, wet ash fell in parts of a town called Volcano, about 3 or 4 miles (5 or 6 kilometers) from the summit crater.

Officials say that if explosions become more energetic, there could be boulders that fall up to a mile away or pea-sized fragments up to 4 miles away.

May 18 11:57

12 surreal images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption

May 18 11:56

Hawaii volcano eruption: HORROR video shows lava spewing VIOLENTLY from Kilauea fissure

Hawaii volcano Kilauea has opened up more fissure’s after it shot a massive ash cloud into the sky in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In the footage, the red-hot molten lava can be seen thrashing around in Pahoa during the early hours of Friday morning.

Lava and fumes are continuing to spew from active vents near the Kilauea volcano.

Geologists are monitoring widening cracks in a number of roadways in Leilani Estates, where cracks have ripped roads apart in some places.

May 17 12:38

Dramatic moment Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts from its summit and shoots an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky - higher than the peak of MOUNT EVEREST - covering homes in the area

An explosive eruption from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the sky, with residents now being warned to shelter in place as the dusty plume engulfs the island.

The powerful, steam-driven explosion occurred at 4.17am on Thursday and started spewing large amounts of volcanic ash and smoke from Kilauea's crater on Hawaii's Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The National Weather Service also issued an ashfall advisory warning after radars showed the massive plume, which shot higher than the peak of Mount Everest.

The wind could carry the ash plume as far as Hilo, the Big Island's largest city and major tourism center, the County of Hawaii Civil Defense warned in an alert.

May 17 11:53

Kilauea explosive eruption

May 17 11:53

Kilauea blows top as eruption rocks Hawaiian volcano

May 17 11:32

Hawaii volcano: Fears for HUGE Big Island eruption as THIRTY-FOUR earthquakes hit in day

FEARS of a huge Hawaii volcano eruption are growing after the Big Island tourist hotspot was hit by 34 earthquakes over a single 24-hour period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is from yesterday. As of 5 this morning, a major explosive event has started at Kilauea, pushing the ash cloud to 30,000 feet.

May 17 11:30

Hawaii volcano erupts anew, sends huge ash plume into sky

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

May 17 11:30

'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

Hawaii (Reuters) - “Ballistic blocks” the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

May 17 10:29

Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks

volcano is blasting out "ballistic blocks" the size of kitchen appliances and the authorities are warning it could get worse.

May 17 10:25

BREAKING: Hawaii volcano eruption: Explosive eruption at Kilauea - TAKE SHELTER NOW

AN EXPLOSIVE eruption has taken place at Hawaii’s Kilauea with residents ordered to take shelter as the volcano sends a plume of ash 30,000ft into the sky after causing a series of earthquakes and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes earlier this month.

May 17 10:23

'Explosive Eruption' At Kilauea Volcano Sends Ash Sky-High, Locals Urged To Shelter In Place

It seemed things at Hawaii's Kilauea Voclano were calming down just a bit Wednesday night, but then an explosive eruption from the volcano's summit crater sent ash over 25,000 feet into the atmosphere at around 5 a.m. local time Thursday.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency says people should shelter in place if possible as the ash plume is expected to spread to the southeast, creating difficult driving conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ashfall advisory for the vicinity of Kilauea.

Developing story...

May 17 10:02

Mega Tsunami simulation for Hawaii

May 16 12:52

Hawaii eruption news update LIVE: Major eruption of Kilauea could be IMMINENT

HAWAII’s Kilauea volcano is continuing its reign of terror, as new reports threaten a major eruption could be imminent. Locals were forced to evacuate after an explosive new fissure opened on Sunday, hurtling molten lava and rocks into the air. Here are the latest updates and news from Express.co.uk

May 16 12:46

Hawaii on red alert as Kilauea volcano eruption plumes of ash grounds planes

May 16 12:44

Hawaii Eruption: Inside The Red Cross Shelter

May 16 12:44

Inspirational people: Leilani Estates resident Ikaika Marzo

May 16 12:42

Lava tour operators fined

May 16 10:31

Hawaii goes on RED ALERT for 'major eruption' of Kilauea volcano as huge ash plume billows 12,000 FEET into the sky with the USGS warning of an 'explosive and imminent' event sparking preparations for mass evacuations

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could have a major devastating eruption at 'any time', the US Geographical Survey has said.

The volcano has been erupting for 10 days, and more than 2000 residents have already been evacuated.

'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the USGS said on Tuesday afternoon.

The USGS also raised the volcano aviation alert level at Hawaii’s Kilauea to red - the highest level - which indicates a 'major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.'

May 15 16:01

Dark, Towering Plume Erupts From Kilauea

May 15 13:57

Panic as new lava eruption threatens to block the LAST escape route from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano

Thousands more people may have to evacuate after lava flowing from giant rips in the earth on the flank of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano threatened the last available escape routes.

One fissure opened up Tuesday and two others on Monday on Hawaii's Big Island, raising the possibility that officials might have to order further mass evacuations.

Lava from a huge new fissure tore through farmland towards a coastal dirt road that is one of the last exit routes for some 2,000 residents in the southeast area of Hawaii's Big Island.

May 15 13:55

Hawaiian Volcano: EXPLOSION EXPECTED! 19 Fissures, Spewing ‘Lava Bombs’

The unpredictable 2,000-degree lava is taking its toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island. But there is one predictable outcome: the volcanic situation in Hawaii is going to get worse. Evacuees are now awaiting an “imminent” eruption that could rain car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

Nearly 2,000 people have already been barred from their homes for 10 days as the Kilauea volcano pours lava through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s largest city. The eruption is showing no signs of slowing down either, with scientists warning it will “explode” anytime now.

May 15 12:54

Kilauea’s Next Eruptions May Mirror a Big One in Its Past

This week fissure number 18 opened on the east flank of Hawaii’s rumbling Kilauea Volcano, another in the set of rift-zone fractures advancing toward the Pacific coast. Several miles westward, nestled in Kilauea’s summit caldera, Halema‘uma‘u pit crater is evolving toward a hazardous scenario that reminds volcanologists like myself of a giant blowout that happened there in 1924.

May 15 12:53

The lava oozing from Kilauea may get hotter and spew farther

One of the early hallmarks of this month's lava eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island was that the molten rock, though it destroyed homes and roads, generally didn't often ooze very far.

That could change soon, with scientists saying lava erupting in the Kilaeua volcano's rift zone could be even hotter, and therefore more runny.

Why? To start with, geologists think much of the magma oozing from the ground into the community of Leilani Estates since May 3 -- miles east of Kilaeua's summit -- may have been stored in underground channels in the volcano's rift zone since a 1955 eruption.

May 15 12:51

Hawaii volcano: Kilauea eruption disrupts cruises to Big Island

The recently intensified eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has disrupted another Hawaiian island cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Hawaii-based Pride of America on Tuesday skipped a call at the Big Island port of Hilo, which is just 43 miles from the now-mostly-closed national park that encompasses the volcano. The 2,186-passenger ship instead remained at sea.

Norwegian also announced that Pride of America would skip a call at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island scheduled for Thursday. The ship instead will spend an extra day in Maui.

The cancellations comes a week after Royal Caribbean dropped a call in Hilo scheduled for its 2,143-passenger Radiance of Seas.

May 15 11:18

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could last for weeks — and paper masks won't keep you safe

Lava from the Kilauea volcano was burning through the rain forest Tuesday and is about two miles from pouring into the ocean, raising the likelihood the Big Island is about to get a little bigger from a flow that could persist for weeks — and could cause serious health problems.

Health officials at a community meeting Monday night cautioned residents that most commonly available face mask filters — the paper kind used for sanding and painting —would protect only against ash and won't remove the sulfur dioxide.

May 15 11:17

See lava spew hundreds of feet into air

More Hawaii residents have been told to evacuate as two new fissures open and volcanoes spew lava and fumes. CNN's Scott McLean reports.Source: CNN

May 15 11:12

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Updates Animation of Big Island Quakes and Eruptions

May 14 18:36

Hawaii civil defence issues WARNING as Kilauea Volcano releases POISONOUS gas

The Hawaii State Department of Health has reported that the current eruption activity is producing dangerous Sulfur Dioxide.

This is hazardous, especially for the elderly, young children and babies.

People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are at high risk.

The Civil Defence said: “Be aware of the unpredictable nature of dangerous levels of SO2 gas because it can be carried far from the fissures with wind speed and direction.”

May 14 15:38

Two more volcano fissures opened in Hawaii, hurling lava bombs hundreds of feet

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to break new ground, opening giant fissures in the earth that are spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air. Two new fissures erupted this weekend and prompted officials to evacuate more residents.

Authorities issued evacuation orders via cellphone early Sunday morning when an 18th fissure was discovered, the Associated Press reported. Two shelters opened nearby to house families and pets.

May 14 11:08

Hawaii volcano prompts 'ring of fire' fears for West Coast

As Hawaii prepares for a possible "explosive eruption," confusion has arisen about the relationship between Kilauea and the West Coast's "ring of fire" volcanoes.

But experts say there's not cause for concern for those who live near "ring of fire" volcanoes. Here's everything you need to know.


The ring of fire is a series of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean. It's known for eruptions caused by movements of tectonic plates. The 25,000 mile-stretch of 450 volcanoes forms a horseshoe shape. Many of these volcanoes may erupt at the same time, as it is all one dynamic system, AccuWeather explains.

Many of the most dangerous volcanoes in the country are a part of the ring of fire, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. These include Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington; Mount Hood and South Sister in Oregon; and Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in California.


May 14 11:07

18 lava outbreaks, a jungle ablaze and a Hawaii volcano still poised to explode

Frustration, anxiety and unpredictable 2,000-degree lava are taking their toll on volcano evacuees on Hawaii’s Big Island while they await an “imminent” eruption that could rain down car-size boulders and ash onto this tropical paradise.

About 1,700 people have been barred from their homes for 10 days as the Kilauea volcano pours lava through a rural neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo, the island’s largest city.

May 14 11:03

Hawaii volcano eruption: Tourists banned as expert says eruption could last YEARS

HAWAII volcano Mount Kilauea is close to an explosive eruption according to experts after another fissure opened up on the Big Island spewing hot lava and toxic gas.

And the threat of an eruption could last years, according to some experts, with tourists now being sent packing to save water.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned the Halema'uma'u Crater could blow due to the withdrawal of lava at Kilauea’s summit lake.

May 14 11:00


The 18th fissure opened Sunday morning, prompting more evacuations.

Residents near the newest one say it sounded like explosions were going off as the ground broke open.

And many are now waiting for what experts say could be a major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

Spectrum Bay News 9's weather experts say the Hawaiian islands were actually formed by volcanoes that started millions of years ago.

Just below the earth's crust is a magma chamber that feeds into the volcanoes, which in turn continues spewing lava, making the islands even bigger.

"There's a hot spot underneath the big island, it's the newest island in the chain, and Kilauea is what forms on top," said Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

May 14 10:59

Hawaii volcano eruption: Kilauea 1,000ft fissure blasts ‘LAVA BOMBS’ into air

The 1,000ft-long (300 meters) crack in the earth appeared suddenly on Sunday morning and started pouring red-hot magma and thick smoke from both ends.

Officials have warned of a potential imminent explosion at the volcano’s summit which could scatter hot ash and debris for miles around.

Residents living close to the massive gouge have described a near-constant roar as the molten rock churns and ejects 100-pound globs of lava up to 100ft into the air.

Shocking pictures taken from a helicopter captured the vivd orange of the oozing molten rock and pitch black of the seared ground against the lush green of the Big Island landscape.

May 14 10:04

New fissure raises concerns about violent Hawaii volcano explosions

A 17th fissure spewing lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano formed in the southeast corner of the Big Island, officials said Sunday, raising anxieties as the state braces for potentially violent eruptions.

The new fissure, a crack in the ground allowing lava to pour out, comes as state and federal officials already warned residents in that corner of the island to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The fissure was spotted west of state Highway 132 and led state officials to call for some residents along Halekamahina Loop Road to leave their homes. Steam and lava spatter could be seen from the new fissure, officials said.

May 14 10:01

Police find high-powered rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a Hawaii hotel room of man who claimed to be a federal agent in a string of disturbing social media posts

A large cache of loaded weapons was found after police raided a Waikiki hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii Thursday.

The raid was prompted after FBI and Honolulu police were alerted to some disturbing posts on social media, they are currently investigating the situation.

The FBI contacted Honolulu police Thursday regarding a guest in room 803 at the Equus Hotel.

May 14 09:50

Huge fissure opens on Hawaiian volcano; some defy evacuation order

A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days.

As seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high (1,200-meter-high) volcano with a lake of lava at its summit.

May 14 09:40

How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would.

In the 1990s, the town of Kalapana was destroyed by lava, and soon afterward, private insurance companies, after suffering millions of dollars in losses, stopped insuring land in Lava Zones 1 and 2.

May 13 09:48

A Slow Emergency and a Sudden Slump

This type of motion is not new, it actually has a name. It is called the Hilina Slump. During the last strong quake in Hawaii, a magnitude 7.2 event on November 29th 1975, this slump slid toward the ocean by about 11 feet. Another temblor, the 7.9 magnitude Hawaii quake of 1868 caused the slump to move as well, resulting in a tsunami with a maximum wave height of about 60 feet.

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Following the 6.9 quakes, the south flank of Kilauea, below the rift, slid toward the ocean by 2 feet.

May 12 11:41

Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano

More destructive lava flows could soon hit Hawaii’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano erupts, posing a greater threat than oozing magma that has so far destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, scientists said.

As a lava lake at Kilauea’s summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. It could burst to the surface as large, fast-moving and intensely hot lava flows and produce higher levels of toxic gases, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Tina Neal said.

“What will take a turn for the worse in terms of hazard is if hotter, fresher magma makes it to the surface, and that could be what is coming,” Neal told a conference call on Friday. “Once a new batch of hotter, gassier magma makes it to the surface we might see larger, higher eruption rates.”

May 12 11:40

Hawaii officials hope Kilauea volcano eruption won't deter travelers

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island -- even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit. Travel industry executives note that most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spewing lava and gas into a residential neighborhood earlier this month.

The Big Island is "immense" and there are large parts that are unaffected by the volcano, said George Szigeti, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

May 12 10:08

Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's Big Island as aerial photos show huge fissures in the land and lava swallowing homes, as thousands more are told to get ready to flee Kilauea eruption

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii's Big Island as the state copes with Kilauea volcano's eruption.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Friday the declaration means federal assistance will be available as the state covers costs associated with damaged roads, public parks, schools and water pipes. The funds, approved one day after Ige requested them, will also cover costs for geologists and security personnel at roadblocks.

Lava flows from Kilauea volcano have destroyed 36 structures, including 27 homes, as the state suffers from declining tourism despite assurances that most of its islands remain safe. The lava flowing from 15 fissures now covers more than 117 acres.

On Friday, Hawaii County Civil Defense warned residents of lower Puna to prepare to evacuate on short notice, in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.

May 11 13:44

Jimmy Buffett - Volcano

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Lot of people singing this song here in the islands! :)

May 11 12:46

Hawaii alerted to rising levels of toxic gas and geologists warn new areas may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground

Residents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted on Thursday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk to molten rock bursting from the ground.

Hawaii County authorities sent a text message to residents of the southeast corner of the island notifying them that a wind change would bring rising levels of sulfur dioxide gas, which can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities.

"Due to decreasing trade winds, residents are advised to monitor their sensitivity to increased levels of SO2," the text message sent at 9:22 a.m. said.

May 11 10:20

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Thursday Night (May 10, 2018)

May 11 09:55


High levels of unrest related to the intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of K?lauea Volcano continue. While no lava was noted erupting today from any of the 15 fissure vents formed thus far, earthquake activity, ground deformation, and continuing high emission rates of sulphur dioxide indicate additional outbreaks of lava are likely. The location of future outbreaks is not known with certainty, but could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or resumption of activity at existing fissures.

May 11 09:54

Kilauea volcano in Hawaii building up to massive eruption, say scientists

A volcano in Hawaii that has been oozing lava and steam for days may be building up to a huge eruption, scientists have warned.

They are so concerned that the Volcanoes National Park has been closed.

It is the newest threat from the Kilauea volcano, which started to erupt eight days ago on the US state's Big Island, the National Park Service said.

Lava levels in the crater are going down, say scientists, which means it may be clogging up before a massive blast.

May 10 11:25

The newest threat from Kilauea: 'Explosive eruptions' at crater

Meanwhile, rockfalls from the crater’s walls and ash plumes are expected to continue as the lava lake drops.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday morning. The USGS said a rockfall (not water interacting with lava) generated a short-lived explosion at Halemaumau Crater, sending an ash column high into the air.