By: Kyle James | 05-14-2018 | News
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New Lava Fissures Open As Hawaiians Brace For Imminent Eruption

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The already leaking Mount Kilauea volcano is still building pressure resulting in new lava fissures, ground deformation and an abundance of volcanic gases. Experts say three new fissures opened Saturday and early Sunday ramping up the amount of lava breaching the Earth's surface. Last week, Hawaiin's in the Leilani Estates area were ordered to evacuate as the volcano spewed lava into residential neighborhoods consuming everything in its path.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This was the scorching scene awaiting one Hawaii resident when he returned home to collect his belongings on Sunday. <br><br>He arrived to find lava spewing from a fissure across his backyard. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) <a href="">May 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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One homeowner who returned home for valuables after evacuating found a scene out of the disaster movie "Volcano" right in their backyard. A video was shared on Twitter showing massive spurts of lava gushing into the air where the homeowner's garden used to be. There are currently a total of 18 fissures and all but one are actively spewing lava. The U.S. Geological Survey shared a map of the current and latest fissures on Twitter.

According to observatory scientist Steve Brantley, the most recent fissure measures 1,000 feet. The U.S. Geological Survey noted that the 17th fissure was spattering but no lava is flowing yet. The 16th fissure is, however, spewing lava into the surrounding field. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory noted some fissures had opened just east of the Puna Geothermal Venture energy conversion plant. The plant is where steam and hot liquid are harnessed through underground wells to feed a turbine generator and produce electricity.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USGS</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HVO</a> fissure map, 9AM HST, May 13 shows fissure 17, opened @ 4:30 a.m. HST (it was initially called 18 but changed b/c the previous #17 did not erupt lava). New #17 is 1,000 feet long &amp; spattering. <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KilaueaErupts</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kilauea</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LeilaniEstatesEruption</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) <a href="">May 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Workers at the plant relocated 50,000 gallons of a flammable gas called pentane which was being stored at the plant. Geologists predict that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive stream eruption that could send giant rocks and ash miles into the sky. While the volcano has not erupted in the traditional sense, lava continues to flow from underground and has already destroyed over two dozen homes and structures.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meanwhile in Hawaii, when your backyard is filled with lava. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; William MacDuff【ツ】🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@CrashMacDuff) <a href="">May 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Tj No. 26040 2018-05-14 : 14:20

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