Volcanic eruption, Hawaii, May 2018

07 May 2018

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted on Thursday, May 3, 2018, prompting the evacuation of over 1,700 residents. The Kilauea volcano erupted again over the weekend of May 19th. There are now two lava streams emptying into the Pacific Ocean and over 20 fissures have opened, spewing lava and dangerous sulfur dioxide into the air. Forty structures have been destroyed by lava thus far and a critical access point for thousands of residents, Highway 137, is now been breached by lava flow. The island is also experiencing multiple earthquakes, some caused by the movement of the magma itself and some tectonic. The largest quake was a M6.9 on Friday, May 4th.

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