Hawaii Fire Department tracks lava from the air, May 30
By Hawaii Fire Department
May 30, 2018
Aerial shot of Fissure 8 on Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone today.
Fountain heights exceeded 200 feet and secondary fountains reached heights of 60 feet.
The lava channel was estimated to be about 100 feet wide.
The Hawaii Fire Department took these aerial shots over Leilani Estates.
Lava from several fissures continues to move through Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and towards the Kapoho area.
Overnight, the lava was moving fast enough to cover about six football fields an hour, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.
Hawaii County officials said lava destroyed the electric utility's equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.
There were several small earthquakes at Kilauea's summit today, where the vent inside the volcano's Halemaumau Crater has grown along with a series of explosive eruptions that have sent rock and ash thousands of feet into the sky.
Strands of volcanic glass, or Pele's hair, was accumulating on the ground in Leilani Estates and surrounding neighborhoods
Volcanic gas emissions remain high from the eruption. Wind conditions today were forecast to result in widespread vog over the Big Island.