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Monday, May 7, 2018

Lava from Kilauea devours about twenty houses in Hawaii

Por Nina

Rivers of lava expand uncontrollably through southern Hawaii. The activity of the Kilauea volcano does not stop. New cracks appear every day and it becomes impossible to stop the force of nature. Every hour that passes toxic fumes grow and sulfur dioxide invades the air. The aerial images show the hell in which the affected area has become.

The lava spit in recent days by the Kilauea volcano, the most active in Hawaii, has already devoured more than twenty houses and threatens more than 600, while cracks continue to open through which flow toxic gases and molten rock. There are already eight openings through which the fluids of the volcano erupt in this eruptive event, which geologists already compare with that of 1855, in which the emanations lasted 88 days and covered 15 square kilometers of land. The governor has declared a state of emergency. All the cracks are located in the area of ​​Leilani Estates, whose 1,700 inhabitants are subject to a mandatory evacuation order from Thursday, as well as those of Lanipuna Gardens. While several cracks continue to emit jets of lava, sometimes up to 70 meters high, others have stopped. However, sulfur dioxide, a gas whose presence causes the air quality to be "extremely dangerous", continues to escape from the ground in some places, reports France Presse. The evacuated residents are being housed in community centers until the danger caused by Kilauea has passed.

The area in which houses have been destroyed is one of the best rentals on the island. "People move here thinking it's paradise, and what they learn is that it's something very different," said Jessica Gauthier, 47, real estate agent in Leilani Estates. This neighborhood is classified as zone 1 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) because it "has been active in historical time" vents of the volcano, such as those that now pour gas and lava. Seismicity has also increased in the area. An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 on Friday affected the Hawaiian archipelago on the slopes of Kilauea volcano. According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred "almost exactly in the same place as the 1975 earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.1 and left two dead and 28 injured." In the last 48 to 72 hours have been counted 152 earthquakes of magnitude 2 and 3 located less than 5 kilometers from the crater and 22 earthquakes of magnitude 3.

"These earthquakes are linked to the subsidence (a sinking process) of the summit and the southern flank of the volcano, "according to the seismological observatory. The satellite images show a decrease in the bottom of the crater of about ten centimeters between April 23 and May 5. Kilauea, 1,247 meters high, erupted last Thursday at 4:45 pm (local time, 2.45 GMT). It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of the five active on the island of Hawaii, the largest in the archipelago, composed of 137 islands in total.