New Crack from Hawaii Volcano Is Spewing Lava near Geothermal Plant
Albanian Daily News
Published May 13, 2018
Three new fissures have opened on Hawaii's Big Island, spewing lava and fueling fears of violent explosions more than a week after the Kilauea volcano erupted.
Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated since the volcano erupted May 3, sending lava flowing into communities and threatening a nearby geothermal plant.
An 18th fissure, a crack on the ground through which lava pours out, was reported Sunday, according to the Civil Defense Emergency System for the County of Hawaii.
The Department of Public Works and Police said the new fissure opened on Hale Kamahina Loop Road and is emitting steam and spattering lava. Residents along the road have been ordered to evacuate, officials said.
The 17th fissure was reported Saturday night, the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.
"Lava from this latest outbreak is actively spattering," it said.
The volcanic vents, or fissures, have released slow-moving lava and toxic gas into island communities, gobbling up dozens of homes and vehicles.
Another fissure, the 16th, was reported earlier Saturday and "produced a lava flow that traveled about 250 yards before stalling," officials said.