250 Earthquakes in 24 Hours As Volcano Might Erupt

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, May 5, 2018
Pu'u 'O'o Ash Plume
A collapse occurred in the crater of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, creating a robust, reddish-brown ash plume.

There is no tsunami threat following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake 16km southwest of Leilani Estates, Hawaii. That earthquake was one of 250 earthquakes in the last 25 hours in Hawaii.

The Kilauea Volcano erupted in the Lower Puna district of Hawaii, known as the "Big Island" of the Hawaiian Island chain, which is home to roughly 200,000 people and a haven for tourists and adventure seekers.

10,000 people were ordered to evacuate.

The eruption in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano that began in late afternoon of May 3rd ended by about 6:30 p.m. HST. Lava spatter and gas bursts erupted from the fissure for about two hours, and lava spread a short distance from the fissure, less than about 10 metres.

The governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency in the vicinity of the Mount Kilauea volcano.



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