Published On: Thu, Jun 14th, 2018

Hawaii volcano eruption: Lava shoots 170ft into air – EXPLOSION at Kilauea summit


Kilauea earlier today spouted lava fountains reaching 174ft (53m) from Fissure 8 as the volcano enters its seventh week of eruptions.

The US Geological Survey (USGS), which has been monitoring Kilauea’s eruptions, warned: “Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible.”

Volcanic glass known as Olivine continues to fall from Fissure 8 on Kilauea.

The glass, which looks like green gems, in pictures from scene looking stunning, which a US meteorologist describing them as “amazing”.

Olivine is an incredibly common magnesium iron silicate and one of the most abundant minerals below Earth’s surface.

However, the USGS has warned locals to avoid exposure to volcanic particles.

In its latest update, the USGS continues the current volcano alert level at warning with the current aviation colour code at red

The USGS update, issued at 8.21 BST (10.21 PM HST), said: “Lava fountains reaching heights of 53 m (174 ft) were observed at Fissure 8 in the late afternoon.

“Pele’s hair and other lightweight volcanic glass fragments from the lava fountain at Fissure 8 continue to fall downwind of the fissure, dusting the ground within a few hundred meters (yards) of the vent.

“High winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances.

“Residents are urged to minimise exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

“Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from Fissure 8 eruptions.”



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