14 May 2018 - Hawaii braces for worse lava flows from erupting volcano
Hawaii volcano: Lava spews from 18th fissure on Big Island
Nicole Chavez and Amir Vera (CNN, 14/05/2018)
Two new fissures opened on Hawaii's Big Island Sunday, spewing lava and fumes and forcing more residents to evacuate.
Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency announced the latest crack in the ground Sunday evening. It is the 18th fissure to open on the island in the days since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3.
Fissure 18 emerged near Halekamahina Loop Road -- where fissure 17 erupted early Sunday, splattering lava tens of feet into the air.
Massive New Fissure Opens On Hawaiian Volcano, Prompting More Evacuations
Terray Sylvester (The Huffington Post, 14/05/2018)
A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes and prompted authorities to order new evacuations.
The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3. Some 37 buildings have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in the past 10 days.
Seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long and among the largest of those fracturing the side of Kilauea, a 4,000-foot-high volcano with a lake of lava at its summit.
Volcano Kilauea: What stops eruptions of lava?
Lava reaching temperatures of 1,000C and plumes of poisonous gas shooting up through cracks in the ground have forced hundreds of people on Big Island, Hawaii, to evacuate their homes.
After the Kilauea volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in the world - erupted, slow-moving rivers of lava in the Leilani Estates area have covered more than 100 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in its path, including homes.
So, do we know when it'll stop?
Trump issues disaster declaration for Hawaii volcano damage
John Bowden (The Hill, 11/05/2018)
President Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii as the state deals with damage from a volcanic eruption on its largest island.
The White House announced Friday night that federal funding had been approved for local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began early last month.
"Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments," the White House added in a statement.