Volcano tourists have picked the ideal time to visit Hawaii

  • Volcano tourists have picked the ideal time to visit Hawaii

Volcano tourists have picked the ideal time to visit Hawaii

The National Weather Service has warned residents of "light ashfall" throughout the day in Kau, the island's southernmost district, after a burst of volcanic emissions around 9 a.m.

Lava from the new fissures spewed high into the air along with toxic gas, and the area continues to be impacted by earthquakes, including a 3.5 magnitude quake that struck the island on Saturday.

An active fissure that was reported Sunday morning initially was called No. 18 but will be labeled No. 17.

Steaming cracks along one of the area's main routes, Highway 132, have raised concerns a new fissure may develop there, which would imperil access for 2,000 people on the east of the island.

Hawaiian officials are calling for more evacuations after a new fissure opened up on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano. Overall, almost 2,000 people have been told to evacuate since May 3, and lava has destroyed more than two dozen homes.

Fountains of magma spouted "lava bombs" over 100 feet (30 meters) into the air and a narrow flow had traveled just under a mile (1.6 km) east-southeast by 6.30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT), moving slowly towards the coast some two miles (3.2 km) away, the Observatory said. "When that happens, we can have a very explosive steam eruption here at the summit, which could send a shower of rock and ash all over the decK...so we're closing the park".

The Honolulu County Mayor's office, which oversees Puna, said on Sunday that lava eruptions had destroyed 37 structures.

Residents living near the fissure were told to evacuate, and two nearby community centers were serving as shelters for people and pets.

Another new volcanic fissure has formed as the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island continues to erupt and lava from another fissure is carving a channel toward the ocean.

A 19th fissure opened Monday in Lanipuna Gardens, the area neighboring Leilani Estates, which was hardest hit by quakes and lava flows, the largest in decades from the volcano. "It's like a nuclear reaction or something".

The 17th fissure was torn open over the weekend and forced further people to abandon their homes in a desperate effort to reach safety. Plant workers last week as a precaution removed 50,000 gallons (189,265 liters) of a flammable gas stored at the site.