Huge new 1,000ft fissure opens on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sending ‘lava bombs’ 100 ft into the air with ear-piercing screeches ‘louder than a 747 taking off’ – sparking fears of an imminent ‘explosive eruption’

Huge new 1,000ft fissure opens on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sending ‘lava bombs’ 100 ft into the air with ear-piercing screeches ‘louder than a 747 taking off’ – sparking fears of an imminent ‘explosive eruption’

Huge new 1,000ft fissure opens on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sending ‘lava bombs’ 100 ft into the air with ear-piercing screeches ‘louder than a 747 taking off’ – sparking fears of an imminent ‘explosive eruption’

  • Massive new fissure opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma into the air
  • The fissure was the 17th to open on the volcano in Hawaii’s Big Island since it began erupting on May 3 
  • Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days 
  • Three new fissures opened on Saturday, piling lava as high as a four-story building 
  • The 16th fissure is located in pasture land about a half-mile from the Puna Geothermal Venture plant
  • This week, plant workers removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquids as a precaution, officials said 
  • Another fissure, the 17th since the lava flows began May 3, opened about 6pm local time, venting gases
  • An 18th fissure was reported near Hale Kamahina Loop Road along Highway 132 early Sunday morning 
  • Video released on Saturday by the US Geological Survey shows footage of the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō crater of Kīlauea 
  • The crater’s floor collapsed on April 30 after magma drained to the east along the east rift zone
  • More than 2,000 people have evacuated area, while 27 homes have been destroyed by Kilauea’s eruption
  • President Donald Trump issued a presidential disaster declaration for Hawaii’s Big Island Friday
  • Estimated cost to protect residents over the next 30 days is expected to exceed $2.9million, officials said  

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 within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days.

As seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet 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.

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 within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation

The fissure, a vivid gouge of magma with steam and smoke pouring out both ends, was the 17th to open on the volcano since it began erupting on May 3

Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people forced to evacuate in the past 10 days

As seen from a helicopter, the crack appeared to be about 1,000 feet 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

'It is a near-constant roar akin to a full-throttle 747 interspersed with deafening, earth-shattering explosions that hurtle 100-pound lava bombs 100 feet into the air,' said Mark Clawson, 64, who lives uphill from the latest fissure and so far is defying an evacuation order

Tina Neal, the scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, described 'spatter that is flying tens of meters into the air'

Civil Defense officials on Sunday ordered people living on Halekamahina Road to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter

Nearby vacation rentals were directed to cease operations to conserve water and enable emergency operations to concentrate on year-round residents

Nearby vacation rentals were directed to cease operations to conserve water and enable emergency operations to concentrate on year-round residents

Residents of Hale Kamahina Loop Road have been ordered to evacuate the area. Smoke and steam rise from a lava flow in the Leilani Estates 

‘It is a near-constant roar akin to a full-throttle 747 interspersed with deafening, earth-shattering explosions that hurtle 100-pound lava bombs 100 feet into the air,’ said Mark Clawson, 64, who lives uphill from the latest fissure and so far is defying an evacuation order.

Tina Neal, the scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, described ‘spatter that is flying tens of meters into the air.’

The lava flow was ‘sluggish,’ she said.

‘The situation down there remains dynamic and as we’ve been saying for days now the outbreaks can continue to occur both uprift and downrift of the existing fissure system, or the existing fissures could be reactivated,’ Neal said in a video message from the summit of the volcano.

Civil Defense officials on Sunday ordered people living on Halekamahina Road to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.

Nearby vacation rentals were directed to cease operations to conserve water and enable emergency operations to concentrate on year-round residents.

A pair of structures sat about 100 yards beneath the new fissure on the hillside.

One structure was destroyed, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, citing a spokeswoman for Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, making it the 37th structure lost since May 3.

‘We are keeping track of lava bombs. One went through the lanai (porch) roof of a neighbor’s house,’ Clawson said.

Neighbors sometimes douse the projectiles with water, Clawson said, adding that about eight to 10 people in the neighborhood have stayed in their homes.

Meanwhile, other fissures continued to billow smoke over homes in Pahoa, on the western point of the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest of the Hawaiian islands.

Three new fissures spewing magma opened Saturday on Hawaii’s Big Island, piling lava as high as a four-story building as the US Geological Survey (USGS) warned that more outbreaks were likely.

A crack in pasture land on Kilauea’s east flank was the 16th recorded since the volcano, one of the world’s most active, erupted eight days ago.

Thousands of people have fled their homes on Big Island and dozens of homes have been destroyed.

The new fissure opened up in Lanipuna Gardens on Saturday about a mile east of the existing vent system that has devastated the island’s Leilani Estates neighborhood, close to several homes on the edge of the field.

No significant lava flow has been reported at this time.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the fissure is also located near the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. Plant workers this week removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquids as a precaution.

‘It’s right by my house, which is kind of scary,’ said Haley Clinton, 17, who walked to see the new crack with her father, Darryl, and sister Jolon, 15. ‘It’s really cool.’

From afar, the fissure gave off dull, thumping roars that sharpened on approach to a scream from venting steam and gas, mixed with the slapping sounds of liquid lava.

Huge new 1,000ft fissure opens on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sending ‘lava bombs’ 100 ft into the air with ear-piercing screeches ‘louder than a 747 taking off’ – sparking fears of an imminent ‘explosive eruption’

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