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14 mai 2018 | 02h11 UTC

US: New volcanic fissure opens on Island of Hawai’i May 13 /update 5

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

New volcanic fissure opens on Island of Hawai’I May 13, forcing additional evacuations; further eruptions possible in the coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/5/2018, 12h00 until 20/5/2018, 11h59 (US/Hawaii). COUNTRY/REGION Hawaii

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Event

A new volcanic fissure split open on the Island of Hawai'i on Sunday, May 13, emitting gas and lava and forcing the evacuation of residents from the area. The fissure reportedly opened on Hale Kamahina Loop Road, and is the 17th to open on the Big Island since Kilauea initially began erupting on May 3. The continuing opening of new fissures, emission of large quantities of volcanic gas, and ground deformation in recent days suggest that further eruptions are to be anticipated in the East Rift Zone.

The dropping level of the lava lake at Kilauea has also reportedly increased the chance of explosive steam-driven eruptions occurring in the coming weeks. Further eruptions of lava, toxic gas, ash, and rocks are possible at Kilauea in the near-term, which may result in consequent transportation disruptions.

Context

Since Kilauea began erupting on May 3, the lava eruptions have destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of some 2000 people from Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. On May 11, US President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in Hawaii over the ongoing eruption of Kilauea, making federal funding available for state and local recovery operations. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park also closed on May 11 until further notice due to the possibility of explosive steam-driven eruptions and consequent ashfall at Kilauea.

Hundreds of earthquakes ranging from magnitudes 2 to 5 have reportedly rocked the island since April 30. On May 4, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 16 km (10 mi) southwest of Leilani Estates. The earthquake, the largest to strike the Island of Hawai'i in decades, came after the initial eruption of Kilauea on May 3.

Kilauea volcano is one of Hawaii's most active volcanoes. It is located on the Hawai'i island of the state of Hawaii.

Advice

Individuals present in or intending to travel to the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel reservations, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and wear respiratory masks and covering clothing to protect skin in the event of an eruption of abrasive ash.

 

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