New Crack from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is spilling lava next to a geothermal plant
Since the volcano erupted on May 3, almost 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and the flowing lava is now threatening a neighboring geothermal plant.
On Sunday, an 18th fissure was reported by the Civil Defense Emergency System for the County of Hawaii. It was also reported by The Department of Public Works and Police that the new fissure opened on Hale Kamahina Loop Road and is splashing lava and releasing steam. Officials said that the Inhabitants living along the road have been told to evacuate the area.
The 16th and 17th fissure was reported on Saturday. The US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said, “Lava from this latest outbreak is actively spattering.” The fissures have released toxic gas and lava which has made its way into communities ruining vehicles and homes.
The officials said that the cracks “produced a lava flow that traveled about 250 yards before stalling.” and they had to remove 60,000 gallons of flammable liquids around the area because of safety concerns.
On Friday, President Donald Trump declared the volcano eruption a major disaster in Hawaii. The declaration will allow federal assistance to increase local and state efforts for recovery in neighboring areas affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption.
Credit Source: Nicole Chavez, CNN