Hawaii volcano eruption: Striking pictures from Kilauea eruption 2018

Hawaii volcano eruption: Striking pictures from Kilauea eruption 2018

As Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to erupt, threatening residents of the Big Island with ash, toxic gas and even lava bombs, a special kind of volcanic lingo has been spewing forth as well.

A photo shared by the United States Geological Survey shows striking blue flames peeking through the cracks of the street. The HCCD said Fissure 22 is producing most of the lava feeding the flows, so the situation near the power plant remains precarious.

"It's very dramatic. It's very eerie", USGS scientist Jim Kauahikaua told the Associated Press.

Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue methane flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes lava in the background.

The gas can cause underground explosions that can toss hot lava several feet in the air.

But Kilauea's activity ratcheted up considerably on May 3 after an quake rattled the region; lava began spilling from newly created fissures and spreading through neighborhoods, turning parts of the Big Island into disaster zones. The nearby Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, captured a time-lapse glimpse at Kilauea from Monday night into Tuesday morning as the light from the volcano and its almost two-dozen fissures beamed through the clouds. And once ignited, it produces a blue flame, the USGS said. Laze plumes travel with the wind and can shift directions without warning, the county civil defence agency said.

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Officials called the plant "essentially safe", but many residents lost trust in the plant long ago.

Those aircraft are capable of airlifting 43 people at a time, and could be flown if residents become isolated or if an incident happens at Puna Geothermal Venture.

One person has suffered a serious leg injury from flying lava spatter. The volcano has been in almost continuous eruption since 1983.

The US Marine Corps deployed two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters to Hilo, about 24 miles north (39 miles), in support of a task force standing by in case an air evacuation is needed.

Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. Overnight, workers managed to cap the 11th and final well at the facility in anticipation of the lava eventually reaching the facility, and to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.

Tourism officials cheered news that a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that tours the Hawaiian Islands would resume stopping in Kailua-Kona next week.

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