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Hawaii volcano Kilauea has mercilessly spewed rivers of molten lava across the archipelago’s Big Island for over 40 days.

Eerie footage from the US Geological Survey (USGS) captured the moment the seething magma caused a steaming explosion – also known as a tephra jet – near the oceanfront.

The video also shows heavy gusts of snow being released once the water touches the molten-hot lava,

USGS warned that lava flows from Fissure 8 remains a major concern as it channels along the south-east end of Big Island, turning into a corrosive cloud of muriatic acid and small glass particles as it hits the sea.

Latest updates from USGS at 09:32 pm BST said: “A line of closely spaced vents at Fissure 8 are continuing to erupt producing fountains reaching heights up to 160 feet, just higher than the spatter cone around them. This activity continues to feed the fast-moving channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho.

“The ocean entry is 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. 

“Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates “laze”, a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.”

The federal agency also reported a new 5.3 magnitude quake at 02:52 pm BST that had Kilauea unleash yet another plume of ash and smoke from its summit. 

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: “What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, almost a mile out into the ocean.”

Approximately eight square miles of Hawaii’s Big Island has been covered by lava since this period of activity began on May 3.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would carry out an assessment of the number of houses Kilauea destroyed over the coming days, adding the affected buildings could be as many as 700.

Mr Kim also warned locals FEMA would not be able to provide help for reconstructions to everyone as the agency differentiates between residences and holiday homes.

He said: “We can’t fix everything. FEMA doesn’t have a magic wand to make it not happen.”



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