Hawaii Civil Defense prepares for possible large explosion of Kilauea volcano


The volcanic activity on Hawaii’s Big Island continues with new fissures opening up in the eastern rift zone of the island’s Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said, Sputnik reported.

"Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has verified reports a new fissure, number 18, opening up to the west, or Kalapana side, of Highway 132 on Halekamahina Loop Road in lower Puna … Lava spatter activity and gas emissions are occurring at this time," the Civil Defense said on Sunday.

At the same time, the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that the earthquake activity and ground deformation continues.

"Aerial observations of this new fissure indicate it is at least several hundreds yards long and producing spatter rising many tens of feet into the air. A slow-moving lava flow is moving away from the vent,” the observatory said.


On Friday, US President Donald Trump unlocked federal funding for Hawaii, providing both state and local authorities with federal assistance in their recovery efforts in the areas affected by the ongoing eruption.

The major Kilauea volcano eruption started on May 3, prompting evacuations in the Puna district which is home to around 10,000 residents.

​Lava from Kilauea has destroyed so far 36 structures, including more than two dozen homes, and covered 117 acres of land. On Saturday, fissures No. 16 and No. 17 opened up some 300 feet apart from each other.