Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

River of Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii

River of Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii

Officials said Friday morning that lower levels of sulfur dioxide gas and minor amounts of ash are being transported downwind, with small bursts of ash and gas accompanying intermittent explosive activity, KMGB reports.

Friday marked the fifth day in a row an quake with a magnitude of 5.0 hit the summit. Heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend'.

The Department of Health recommends residents with breathing issues should limit outside activities and stay indoors.

Lava from the volcano, which began to erupt more than a month ago, has covered more than 2,400 hectares of land and destroyed 467 homes, including a vacation home of Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.

Regardless, fissure 8 remains the most active fissure by far, producing lava fountains up to 180 feet high. Lava flowing in to the ocean can create what's known as "laze", a mash-up of lava and haze that occurs when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

The latest volcanic eruption also stands as the most destructive in the United States since at least the cataclysmic 1980 explosion of Mount St Helens in Washington state that reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland.

Fissure 16 is oozing lava, the observatory said, and is being monitored closely.

Gov. David Ige said Trump approved the request for individual assistance on Thursday.

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