Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

"We've pretty much thrown everything at this event" since a series of lava fissures began emerging from cracks in neighborhood last month, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said Monday.

"To all the victims out there of this very, very bad time, I say it publicly, it hurts like hell today", Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said at a news conference late Monday.

"The ocean entry is a hazardous area".

In the red circle is an explosion of steam and hot water, caused by ocean waves crashing onto molten lava.

Officials are transitioning to recovery efforts, with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is starting to do damage assessments, Magno said. There's no way to know when the eruption will end or if more lava-spewing vents will open, according to USGS scientists.

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PAHOA The mighty fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continued to make Hawaii island a little bigger Saturday, pumping lava that stayed for the most part in a stream-like channel exiting into the ocean about 8 miles away near the island's eastern tip. Magno said additional workers can be called in if conditions change. Only residents are allowed there.

An eruption at Kilauea summit jolted the area Wednesday with the force of a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster and hurled an ash plume that reached 10,000 feet above sea level.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone.

A National Weather Service radar unit has been helping provide data about the heights of the ash plumes and the direction of ash fall. 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.

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