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Lava flowing near Lanipuna Gardens as a peak threatens explosion of rocks and ashes





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    U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Maryann Marr (left) and Sgt. Milo Kalama prepared to escort journalists to Leilani Ave. where gap 13 broke out.

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    Media retreated to safety as US Army National Guard Sgt. Milo Kalama measured sulfur dioxide gas near a crack on Leilani Ave. found in Leilani Estates.

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    U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Maryann Marr informed journalists along Leilani Ave. where gap 13 broke out in Leilani Estates.

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    U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Milo Kalama measured the sulfur dioxide gas near Fissur 13 on Leilani Ave. in Leilani Estates

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    The East Rift Zone from the ongoing Kilauea eruption seen by a helicopter this morning. Below right is the Puna Geothermal Venture facility pictured.

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    The East Rift Zone of the ongoing Kilauea eruption seen from a helicopter this morning.


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UPDATE: 5:45 pm

The last rift opening in the lower East Rift Zone of the Kilauea volcano traversed Poihiki Road near Lanipuna Gardens and not far The Puna Geotheral Venture facility has been shut down but still contains thousands of gallons of flammable liquids.

Scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said tonight that fissure # 15 produced a pahoehoe lava flow of about 66 feet in length. At 3 o'clock in the morning, overflying geologists observed a new steaming area west of Highway 130, and at 4:30 pm the area was still steaming, HVO said.

The lava lake drops off at the top of Kilauea. HVO geologists previously warned of the potential for explosive eruptions of ash, steam, rocks and gases at the summit when the lava lake of the Halemaumau crater falls on the groundwater level. Today at 8:32 am, a large rockfall from the crater walls in the lake caused an explosion that produced an ash column over the crater. After the ash was cleared, geologists confirmed that the lake had not yet fallen below the groundwater level. However, as the lake continues to drain, they warn that explosive and potentially dangerous eruptions threaten to blow up large boulders, heavy steam, ashes and volcanic gases over the surrounding areas.

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HILO >> A 29 The one-year Pahoa man was arrested today after being caught burglarizing a house belonging to the Leilani Estates, which had been evacuated due to the Kilauea volcanic eruption.

The 66-year-old homeowner returned to his house on Moku Street today with an acquaintance. He returned some belongings and met the suspect who left his house with keys that had been taken from the property.

The homeowner and his acquaintances took the intruder to a police station on Highway 130 on Leilani Street, where The 29-year-old was arrested without incident.

The man is being held at the police cell in Hilo until further investigation is pending, and the police said they have also linked the 29-year-old to another castle in the same subdivision.

The case was classified as home burglary during an emergency, which is a Class A crime that can be punished with up to 20 years in prison.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: [19659016] PAHOA, Hawaii >> The Kilauea volcano's attack on the Big Island continued on several fronts, on the sixth day of the Leilani Estates outbreak.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed that a new, fifteenth crack near the entrance to the Lanipuna Subdivision is actively breaking out this afternoon, officials said on-site that the dangerous fumes are still being released.

There are 15 cracks at 2:00 pm, 116.57 hectares covered with lava, and 36 structures destroyed, including 27 homes.

At this time, there are no threats against Nanawale Estates, officials from the Hoawaii Civil Defense Bureau said,

Although the destruction from night to night is not Kilauea Remained Increased in Both the Lower Puna and the Kilauea Summit

Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory today warned that lowering the Halemaumau lava lake on top of the Kilauea volcano above the crater suggests that explosive eruptions are possible in the coming weeks. HVO said that there is typically "very little warning" of steam-driven volcanic explosions. They said steam-powered explosions could send "ballistic blocks up to 2 meters in diameter" in all directions to a distance of 0.6 miles or more. These blocks could weigh a few pounds to several tons, they said.

In addition, a 15th crack in Leilani Estates was confirmed. Ventilation openings # 13 and # 14, which appeared in the community on Tuesday, continue today, but continue to release toxic gases.

Despite the activity, the residents of Leilani Estates were allowed to return to their subdivision today from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm to retrieve items and review their properties. The inhabitants of Lanipuna Gardens are still unable to enter the area due to the high amount of dangerous volcanic gases.

Government officials are also concerned about potential public health risks and safety at the nearby Puna Lava outbreak geothermal facility began Thursday night. Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation this afternoon to address concerns about the geothermal energy system, including a team to review and evaluate the existing PGV Emergency Response Plan and "develop a specific mission strategy that will mitigate possible effects of lava. "Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods have been particularly concerned about 60,000 gallons of flammable pentane, which is stored in the PGV power plant, which has already been shut down. Some residents worry that the lava could ignite the flammable gas and cause a major explosion.

In similar eruption developments:

>> The Hawaii National Guard has added 20 soldiers to the Leilani Estates / Lanipuna Gardens contingent, bringing their complement to 95. The Guard says the surge is in response to the community's call for more security following the evacuation order from Hawaii County Civil Defense. Hawaiian police chief Paul Ferreira reports a burglary in the evacuation area

>> Highway 130 remains closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road, Pohoiki Road is closed off from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.

>> Civil Defense has set up the Recovery Information and Support Center in Pahoa, Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa, which will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

>> For information on volunteers, donors, lost or found pets, and important resources, go to www.punalavaflow2018.com; Information on sulfur dioxide and pigs can be found at http://ivhhn.org/vog.


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