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Steam explosion spreads ash fallout at Kilauea summit nearly 40 days after initial eruption

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May 3, and according to the county of Hawaii’s civil defense agency, another small explosion occurred on Sunday morning.

The steam explosion spewed ash plumes over Ka’u, the southernmost district of the Big Island. The eruption happened 38 days after Kilauea’s initial explosion which sent lava, ash and toxic gases throughout Hawaii’s largest island.

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This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Sunday, June 10, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.

According to the county of Hawaii civil defense agency, severe conditions may exist such as inability to breathe and choking. The agency said this is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.

“I’m talking about 600 families. Don’t forget the farmers, don’t forget the ranchers, don’t forget all the employees for them,” Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said. Mayor Kim’s home was also destroyed by the volcano.

The lava that continues to spew from Kilauea has reached a new high temperature of 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit.

“This is the hottest lava we’ve seen during this eruption,” Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS, on Hawaii News Now said.

“Lava can’t get hotter than where we are,” Stovall said.



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