More Fissures From Hawaii Volcano Threaten Residences

More Fissures From Hawaii Volcano Threaten Residences

Officials on the Big Island of Hawaii say some vents formed by Kilauea volcano are releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that the gas poses an immediate danger to anyone nearby. It says people may be unable to breathe if exposed.

Since Kilauea began erupting on May 3, almost 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as 18 giant fissures ripped through the area, including two new ones that opened on Sunday with ear-piercing screeches that sent lava and rocks flying.

More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles (40 km) east of Kilauea's smoking summit, possibly blocking one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert Sunday morning that steam and lava spatter are coming from an 18th fissure caused by the Kilauea volcano.

The Big Island tourism board estimates $5 million worth of cancellations from May through July.

This is the "first leak we're seeing out of the bucket", Birch said.

"Eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system", the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a briefing.

The National Weather Service has warned residents of "light ashfall" throughout the day in Kau, the island's southernmost district, after a burst of volcanic emissions around 9 a.m.

More than a dozen fissures have opened in and around Leilani Estates in Hawaii, prompting officials to issue a warning about the potential eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

The new eruption was reported Monday in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision, an area that has already been evacuated. Local authorities have warned that mass evacuations may be ordered as new fissures develop. Since there was no lava, it's not considered an active fissure.

"It's down to one gravel road, that's what also pushed us over the edge", said Rob Guzman, who with his husband Bob Kirk made a decision to leave their home in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision around 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Leilani Estates.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting periodically for more than three decades. "When that happens, we can have a very explosive steam eruption here at the summit, which could send a shower of rock and ash all over the decK...so we're closing the park".

A series of earthquakes have rattled the Big Island since May 3, prompting the volcanic eruptions.

The eruption has destroyed homes and forced evacuations.

They are ordering residents on that road to evacuate.

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