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Hawaii volcano: ‘lava tide’ flows down street, destroying dozens more properties

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Residents flee as Kilauea continues its most destructive eruption in decades

A tide of molten rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland on Friday as the number of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava.

The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island’s Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/26/hawaii-volcano-lava-tide-flows-down-street-destroying-dozens-more-properties

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano doesn’t usually explode, but now experts are ready for the worst

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It’s common for plumes of steam to drift from the summit of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as hundreds of curious visitors peer onto a blackened, lava-covered land. 

But rangers have now closed down most the park, as top volcanologists at the U.S. Geological Survey warn that there’s a good chance Kilauea will erupt explosively, something the volcano hasn’t done for over half a century.

For 35 years, this volcano has oozed lava from the ground, with the molten rock mostly flowing into the ocean. But after an abrupt shift in how Kilauea’s magma rises to the surface, the volcano might now be on the verge of an explosive eruption. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/05/14/why-hawaii-kilauea-volcano-erupt-explosively/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial