Flying Lava Bombs From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Could Spark Mass Evacuation

Flying Lava Bombs From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Could Spark Mass Evacuation

A self-described "lava chaser" documented the jaw-dropping fury of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island Sunday in a Facebook live stream. Hawai'i is the southernmost and largest of the island chain, which owes its existence to the very active Hawaiian hot spot.

Two more fissures opened in the last 24 hours, to total 19. Places to stayKilauea volcano eruptions:Near-continuous eruptions.

"It's down to one gravel road, that's what also pushed us over the edge", said Rob Guzman, who with his husband Bob Kirk chose to leave their home in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision around 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Leilani Estates.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater has raised the potential for explosive eruptions at the volcano.

Officials say the pace of bookings for hotels and tour activities on the Big Island of Hawaii are down about 50 percent compared with previous years as an erupting volcano spews lava for a second week.

Kilauea began erupting on May 3.

Since the eruptions began, 37 structures have been destroyed and officials have ordered the evacuations of almost 2,000 people, mostly in the hard-hit Leilani Estates area.

Scientists say they can not predict how long the current eruption will last.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an emergency cellphone alert after the fissure was discovered early Sunday morning.

According to CNN, 2,000 people have been evacuated so far, and community centers are being made available to serve shelters for families and their pets.

The Puna Geothermal Venture plant sits at the edge of the Leilani Estates residential area on Hawaii's Big Island where lava from 15 volcanic fissures has so far destroyed 36 structures, a lot of them homes, and forced the evacuation of around 2,000 residents.

The molten rock is called magma when it is underground; when it reaches the surface, it is called lava.

Hosley and Aloha Ilio Rescue, the local nonprofit from which the pups were adopted six months ago, searched for the dogs - Brus, a jack russell terrier-pug mix, and Little Dude, a terrier mix - for more than a week as volcanic fissures continue to open up on Hawaii's Big Island.

The eruption has destroyed homes and forced evacuations.

In this May 13, 2018 frame from video released by the U.S. Geological Survey, gases rise from a fissure near Pahoa, Hawaii.

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