Lava Oozes Out From Kilauea Volcano

Hawaii volcano

Hawaii volcano

The steam explosion spewed ash plumes over Ka'u, the southernmost district of the Big Island.

"Seismic activity at the crater continues with gas explosions and ash eruptions under 10,000 feet (3,050m)". From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded these explosions on Monday during a helicopter flight over the lava entry point.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

"We've pretty much thrown everything at this event" since a series of lava fissures began emerging from cracks in neighborhood last month, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said Monday. The agency said this is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.

"If you combine the three of them [Kapoho, Vacationland and Leilani], we're talking about 600 homes", Kim said.

Kilauea's eruption is its most destructive in modern times, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said.

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify. The eruption temperature of Kīlauea lava is a scalding 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the USGS.

There was "not a lot of change" to the lava flow, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: "What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean".