Big Island’s Kilauea volcano began erupting on May 3, 2018, blasting scorching hot lava across the so-called Lower East Rift Zone.
Over the course of the month channels of lava wreaked havoc across the island as the molten rock pushed north and east from Leilani to Kapoho.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the hot lava from the Hawaii volcano has covered a total area of 9.1 square miles.
The volcano still producing a large channelised flow which was entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing large plumes of laze – a toxic and corrosive cocktail of superheated seawater laced with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs and can cause serious burns.
Noxious gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry point near Kapaho also continue to be very high.
A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) spokesman said: “The ocean entry remains a hazardous area.
“Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.
“Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand.
“This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea.”
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The USGS has said lava continues to flow out of fissure 8 into a channel which is “nearly full to brim” in Leilani Estates.
“Fissure 8 continues to fountain to heights of about 100 to 130 feet. Lava flows out of fissure 8 into a channel that is nearly full to the brim in the vicinity of the Leilani Estates subdivision,” the USGS said.
“The lava travels about 8 miles to the ocean entry at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland.
“The ocean entry is most active is most active in the Vacationland area, with multiple small lava streams spilling into the water, producing many small laze plumes.”
Kilauea – one of the most active in the world – began erupting on May 3, destroying about 600 to 700 homes and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon.
In the last two weeks, more vigorous lava flows have poured downhill to the coast, blocking roads and destroying hundreds of homes in the Kapoho and Vacationland areas.
President Trump declared a major disaster area in Hawaii on May 11.
On Monday, two explosions triggered a magnitude 5.4 earthquake and there continue to be explosions which shoot plumes of ash into the sky.