Incredible Video Of Lava Flowing Down Hawaiian Streets

Incredible Video Of Lava Flowing Down Hawaiian Streets

As the Kīlauea volcano continues to erupt on Hawai'i, the incredible footage below shows lava flowing down the streets, as well as jets spouting into the air, while the island's ground is splitting open to reveal its insides.


31 homes have been destroyed so far, as the advancing wall of molten rock runs from the ground and new fissures open. More than 1,700 people have been forced to evacuate the region, with nobody quite knowing when it'll be safe for them to return.


Unbelievable videos and pictures are demonstrating molten rock squirting hundreds of feet in the air, as large walls of lava creep along the roads in the Pahoa and Leilani Estate area of Big Island. Geologists are now warning people in the southern region of the island to take extraordinary care. As they can't predict where the volcano will spew up lava next, the fissures could effectively occur anywhere within the area.


The United States Geological Survey has even a bunch of webcams on the summit of Kīlauea. You can check them out here.



Kīlauea is the most lively of the five volcanoes which make up Hawaii and has only been above the waves for 100,000 years. The latest bout of eruptions began on 3 May 2018, when three small vents opened up and spewed their molten innards. In two days, other rifts had started to crack open as sulfuric gas leaked out, along with the burbling magma emerging from the depths of the earth.


The movement of magma below the ground is also causing hundreds of small earthquakes to ripple through the area and bringing another layer of threat to residents. On 4 May 2018, the island experienced the most massive quake to hit Hawaii in more than 40 years, as a magnitude 6.9 quake struck at a depth of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Experts are warning that aftershocks are expected to rumble on, and more earthquakes should be anticipated.


Incredible Video Of Lava Flowing Down Hawaiian Streets

USGS


Incredible Video Of Lava Flowing Down Hawaiian Streets

USGS


Incredible Video Of Lava Flowing Down Hawaiian Streets

USGS


As if earthquakes, as well as unpredictable jets of lava shooting from the ground, weren't enough for the residents of Hawai'i to contend with, they're also being warned about the sulfuric gas which is also pouring out of the vents. Of particular concern are the elderly and people with respiratory problems, though authorities are reportedly not letting anybody return to collect belongings if the levels are deemed too high.


As Kīlauea vents through fresh fissures, researchers have been able to watch as the lava lake at the top of the volcano has been dramatically dropping over the last couple of days. Geologists have been out in force, collecting all kinds of samples and recording the recent eruptions, while a lot of residents seem incredibly nonchalant about the whole thing.


“I'm somewhat fatalistic: if it happens, it happens,” a resident Michael McGuire, told The Associated Press. “And I'm enjoying life here, so you know, you put up with a lot of things here. This is one of them.”





Reference: IFLScience

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