By KEITH GRIFFITH
17 June 2018
Fissure 8 was gushing lava at a rapid pace in the video shot on Friday evening on Hawaii’s Big Island
Has cut a channel to the ocean where lava is reacting with seawater to produce dangerous ‘laze’
Since May 3, lava flows have covered more than nine square miles and destroyed at least 467 homes
Incredible footage has emerged showing the river of lava that continues to gush from Kīlauea on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The fast moving lava was spotted pouring out of Fissure 8 at around 5pm on Friday, as the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned that the fissure remains highly active.
‘Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone,’ the agency said in a flash bulletin on Sunday morning.
‘Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.’
Fissure 8’s spatter cone (above) has formed in the past six weeks on an area that was previously flat and dotted with houses
This aerial image from Saturday shows the massive lava flows hitting the ocean and producing dangerous ‘laze’
‘Laze’ is a portmanteau of ‘lava’ and ‘haze’, occurring when lava hits the ocean and sends up a dangerous spray of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles.
‘Vog’ is short for volcano smog, referring to the sulfur dioxide and other dangerous gases that spew from underground.
Officials advised that an ash eruption at Kīlauea’s summit on Sunday morning at about 6.26am had spewed ash into the air and advised residents to remain indoors.
Currently Fissure 8 is the most active area, while Fissure 16 is ‘oozing’ the Civil Defense Agency said.
This thermal map shows the fissure system and flows as of Saturday morning. Fissure 8 remains highly active
Lava from Fissure 8 is seen flowing from the splatter cone through a channel toward the ocean at Kapoho on Saturday
Lava fountains from the 170-foot Fissure 8 splatter cone on Saturday, pulsing up to 200 feet. Recent rain created the steam
Lava hits the ocean on Saturday, producing ‘laze’, a corrosive seawater plume with hydrochloric acid and volcanic particles
Since the eruptions began on May 3, lava flows have covered more than nine square miles and destroyed at least 467 homes, according to officials.
The government has opened two emergency shelters as well as a disaster recovery center.
Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the eruption and earthquakes can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.