Volcano Causes Chaos in Hawaii

Amanda Swank, Author

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The 17th fissure (a narrow crack in the ground) discovered in the Puna District of Hawaii exploded on Sunday, May 13th. With gas and lava destroying homes, officials wasted no time calling for evacuations, as residents waited in fear of a major eruption at Kilauea volcano’s summit.

This is the 17th new fissure to open on the island since May 3rd. Already, nearly 40 homes and buildings have been wrecked by the lava. Almost a dozen new fissures have formed all over the island, spreading lava, gases, and explosions across hundreds of yards, and private land. Poisonous gases and molten lava have been causing chaos all over the island.

The volcano on Mt. Kilauea is no longer just a threat to the islanders, planes passing overhead could be affected too.  Tuesday morning, the Halema’uma’u crater on Kilauea’s summit also began continuously gushing ash — creating a plume that rose up to 10,000 feet in the air.

The US Geological Survey warned: “At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent.”

A fissure emitting gas from the road.

Volcanic ash consists of glass, crushed rock, and gases, which can clog a plane’s speedometer, and kill the engine. Hawaii has changed the aviation code to red, which means that an eruption hazardous to air travel is or will be happening.

For a status update of the volcano, watch the video below.