More evacuations ordered on Hawaii's Big Island as volcano activity intensifies

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2018

About 40km down Kilauea's east flank, lava gushed from six giant cracks, with molten rock from two fissures advancing over another street of homes in the Leilani Estates housing development, the observatory said in a statement.

During Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's overflight on May 22, the fissure 22 fountain was not as high as several days ago, but was still erupting significant lava.

With infrared imagery, healthy vegetation appears in shades of red; active burning lava appears in bright orange or yellow, and cooled lava and burned vegetation are black. UAS flights into hazardous areas allow USGS scientists to safely view, document, and better understand what's happening with Kīlauea's rapidly changing eruption and to provide information to Hawai'i County Civil Defense and emergency officials. David Bachta, commander of troops for the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463.

This explosion at Kīlauea Volcano's summit, which occurred just after 6:00 p.m. HST on May 24, 2018, produced an ash cloud that rose to 10,000 feet above sea level. Three weeks into the volcano's eruption, scientists said the summit is still too risky to survey on foot.

As lava bombs were fired in every direction, Darryl Clinton tried to keep homes on the Big Island from going up in flames. "You take care of each other". "It stands because he believed he could save it, and that's it".

Clinton didn't listen. The next day, while he was standing on Hill's top deck when a lava bomb the size of a bowling ball flew through the air like a line drive and hit Clinton with such force that it snapped the bones in his leg.

Clinton has had at least three surgeries and is in Honolulu for another.

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