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2018 Volcanoes


Kilauea crater explosions send ash plumes 12,000 feet above sea level

Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm
While Kilauea Volcano continues to pump 10,000 tons of emissions into the sky per day, county officials have now determined that 41 of the 82 structures consumed by lava were homes. Read More

Lava has destroyed 82 homes or structures and isolated an additional 37

Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 9:17 am
More than 100 homes or other structures have now been destroyed or made unreachable by lava three weeks into an eruption that shows no signs of ceasing near the eastern tip of Hawaii island. Read More

Helicopters standing by for evacuation

Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 8:48 am
The two U.S. Marine Corps Super Stallion helicopters deployed to Hilo will stay only through Monday in case of an emergency evacuation of Puna residents, a scenario that looks more likely as lava continues to advance into Leilani Estates. Read More

Volcanic ash covers schools on Big Island

Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 12:23 am
The ash is a new irritant for a town that’s used to coping with volcanic smog from noxious fumes seeping from the summit and eruption vents. Read More

Explosions produce ash cloud that rose to 11,000 feet

Updated on  May 26, 2018 at 10:47 am
The U.S. Geological Survey said a series of explosions over 15 minutes this morning produced an ash cloud that rose to 11,000 feet above sea level. Read More

Blue flames from methane vents surprise scientists

Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea Volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering insight into a new dimension in the volcano’s weeks-long eruption. Read More

Third lava flow reaches ocean as Kilauea keeps pumping

Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said the lava eruption continued today in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens from fissure 22, which is feeding two of the three ocean entries. Read More

Puna family still in shock; others hold on, hoping they’ll be spared

Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm
Eruptions from Kilauea Volcano have displaced thousands of Puna residents, devoured at least 50 structures and threatened dozens of others in its path. Read More

Lava creeping toward Highway 132 in Lower Puna

Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm
A lava flow originating near the center of the Leilani Estates subdivision is moving to the northeast in a development that could threaten Highway 132, an important access road for authorities and an evacuation route for remaining residents. Read More

Part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park now open 5 days a week

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm
The National Park Service said that its Kahuku Unit, about an hour’s drive south of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s main entrance, will now remain open five days a week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Read More

Evacuation by air could have Lower Puna residents out in hours, official says

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 4:02 pm
An air evacuation of the portions of Lower Puna that are threatened by the Kilauea Volcano eruption could be accomplished within four hours if that becomes necessary because of damage to ground transportation routes, according to Hawaii Army National Guard commander Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara. Read More

Volcano could dent booming tourism industry

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 4:02 pm
The only eruption Hawaii’s visitor industry had been anticipating a month ago was the possibility that the tourism juggernaut could shatter the 10-million visitor arrivals benchmark this year. Read More

Puna man ‘just wanted to live’ after nearly losing leg to lava bomb

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
The basketball-size lava bomb that split open 57-year-old Darryl Clinton’s left ankle fired horizontally rather than shooting straight up from “one mean, nasty vent” as he stood on a lanai talking on the phone, he said. Read More

Marines deploy 2 Super Stallion helicopters for Puna evacuation contingency

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters have been deployed to Hilo by the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Joint Task Force 5-0, the military force assisting Hawaii County with the current Kilauea eruption. Read More

Geothermal plant on Hawaii island declared ‘essentially safe’

Updated on  May 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm
A geothermal well field next to a volcanic rift that is fountaining lava was declared “essentially safe” Tuesday after measures were taken to prevent uncontrolled releases of underground fluids and gases. Read More