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NO Tsunami Threat After 5.5 Quake at Kilauea Summit

06 June 2018

Almost a dozen people are stranded in an area cut off by lava following "vigorous eruptions" from the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii authorities announced Sunday.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from the area and lava spewing from the volcano's fissures have destroyed more than 100 structures since the first eruption a month ago.

There have been 500 quakes in the summit area of Kilauea in the last 24 hours, the highest rate ever measured at the summit area, according to Brian Shiro, supervisory geophysicist at the USCG Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern side. "Period", county spokeswoman Janet Snyder said.

The agency said there was no access along Highway 132 and Highway 137.

One of more than a dozen fissures in the earth's crust caused by the natural disaster, Fissure 8, continues to feed a half-mile-wide lava flow toward the ocean at a rate of 250 feet per hour, the USGS said Sunday.

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About two dozen recent fissures have appeared since the volcano began erupting on May 3, destroying dozens of homes. The lava from the Kilauea volcano has covered an area of 9 square kilometres - four times as big as New York's Central Park, according to USGS.

Another 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Leilani Estates subdivision, an area further west, where dozens of homes have been devoured or cut off by rivers of red-hot molten rock streaming over the landscape since May 3. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists say one fissure is still very active and is creating a lava fountain that reached 200 feet (60.96 meters).

Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, reacts with sea water and sends hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles in the air. Up to a dozen people made a decision to stay even after the area was evacuated. Police on Monday said a man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching.

There have been various arrests of people forcing their way through blocked areas.

In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.

NO Tsunami Threat After 5.5 Quake at Kilauea Summit