Jun 05 10:32

Hawaii volcano destruction toll now at 117 homes

Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano has destroyed more than 100 homes in a rural Big Island district.

As of Monday, lava burned down 117 homes, said Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder. On Friday, the count was at 87 homes. Officials had previously been updating the number of structures burned because it was difficult to tell from aerial surveys which were homes or other buildings. Snyder said from now on, the county will provide counts of homes destroyed.

She didn't have an estimate for how many other homes are threatened.

Jun 04 12:03

Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano

Three people were airlifted to safety on Sunday morning as lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano threatened an isolated area where they had become trapped, the National Guard said.

The two men and a woman became the latest in a series of evacuations on Hawaii’s Big Island forced by the volcano, which has been erupting since May 3.

On Saturday, National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of the island, hours before lava cut off road access to the area, officials said.

Jun 04 12:02

Hawaii volcano eruption so fierce it causes 5.5m EARTHQUAKE as ash spews 8,000 feet

It is the largest earthquake to strike the island since a 6.9 earthquake rocked Hawaii on May 4 near the erupting volcano.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said some areas may have experienced strong shaking.

However, they have currently not issued a tsunami warning.

No damages or injuries have currently been reported.

Jun 04 07:26

Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick, Say Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.

The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.

How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?

Jun 03 09:46

Surrounded By LAVA! What's Really Happening In Hawaii! 2018

Jun 03 09:40

Hawaii volcano eruption: Scientists ALARMED as drone reveals mysterious CRACKS in Kilauea

A drone mission has alarmed scientists monitoring the erupting Hawaii volcano, which has become one of the world’s most dangerous and volatile sites.

Kilauea has shocked the world with streams of lava swallowing houses and giant fissures opening up across Hawaii.

Jun 03 09:17

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Saturday Afternoon (June 2, 2018)

Jun 03 08:57

Hawaii Volcano Update: Scientists Baffled Over Mysterious Cracks In Kilauea Crater

Scientists are also baffled after aerial drone footage showed concerning changes within Kilauea's main summit crater - including unexplained cracks at the bottom which are spewing hot steam. Concerns have been raised that an "expanding collapsed crater" and debris blocking the vent could trigger a massive new explosion.

Jun 03 08:54

Kilauea Is Making Its Own Weather

Pyrocumulus clouds—also known as flammagenitus clouds—are most commonly caused by wildfires. They form when heat from the ground, whether from burning trees or scalding molten rock, causes the air around it to warm and rise, carrying water vapor with it. As that air reaches the cooler heights of the upper atmosphere, that water vapor condenses around tiny particles like ash to form clouds. Those clouds can become unstable and in turn cause thunderstorms.

Jun 02 10:06

Drone captures dramatic changes in Halemaumau on May 31, 2018 (USGS)

Jun 02 10:00

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Friday Noon (June 1, 2018)

Jun 01 10:44

Lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blocking escape routes

Lava continues to blast from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, and it's cutting off escape routes for people trying to evacuate.

The massive amount of lava in Leilani Estates is spreading fast. It has burst more than 25 stories high, and reaching temperatures of nearly 2,000 degrees.

"The scientific aspect of this is fascinating but it's tempered hugely by the fact that this is a neighborhood and people have lost homes," said Scott Rowland, a geologist with the University of Oregon.

Jun 01 08:36

Residents are ordered to ‘evacuate or risk ARREST’ as lava continues to blast from Kilauea volcano blocking escape routes and getting hotter than ever

Dangerous 'vigorous' lava eruptions have prompted a strict mandatory evacuation order for the Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano.

Those who snub the order risk being arrested, as the Big Island's mayor, Harry Kim, declared a roughly 17-block swath of the lava-stricken Leilani Estates subdivision off-limits indefinitely, and gave any residents remaining there 24 hours to leave.

Jun 01 07:46

Hawaii mayor issues mandatory evacuation order, strict curfew for Leilani Estates

May 31 15:20

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Thursday Morning (May 31, 2018)

May 31 14:00

Volcano Alert: Hawaii Locals Told They Have ONE LAST CHANCE To Evacuate Island

Authorities in Hawaii have renewed pleas for evacuation after a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck close to the Kilauea volcano’s summit overnight. This is locals “last chance” to evacuate the highly volatile island.

Concerns about safety continue to grow on Hawaii’s Big Island, as fissures spewed molten lava towards two new subdivisions. Coupled with the massive amounts of lava flowing into homes, the earthquake near the summit has many rightly worried.

May 31 13:15

#BREAKING #LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano: Hawaii Co. Mayor Harry Kim just signed mandatory evacuation orders for #LeilaniEstates

including & east of Pomaika?i St, residents have 24hrs to evacuate starting at 12:06 PM today

May 31 11:35

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Wednesday Night (May 30, 2018)

May 31 10:45

Kilauea Volcano Eruption: Is It Safe To Travel To Hawaii?

On May 25, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and the State Dept. of Health director Dr. Virginia Pressler issued a joint statement about the air quality on the islands. "Hawaii’s air quality is being closely monitored on a continuing basis by scientists, meteorologists and the State Department of Health," Gov. Ige says in the press release. "This team of experts says the air quality in the Hawaiian Islands is safe for residents and visitors, except in the affected areas."

"The bottom line is that there is no reason for travelers to avoid making their vacation plans in the Hawaiian Islands due to safety concerns because of Kilauea volcano," the governor added.

May 31 09:46

Lava covers well at Puna Geothermal Venture

Lava now covers a well at Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV); just one event in an active Sunday of eruptions in lower Puna. In another area of Leilani Estates, lava fountains 200 feet in the air from an already active fissure, and another fissure opens up in the neighborhood.

May 30 11:17

@MilekaLincoln #KilaueaVolcano LATEST: 05-30

For the first time, a look inside the Puna Geothermal Plant as lava encroached upon the property

Residents on Noni Farms Rd & Hale Kamahina Rd need to EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY due to a fast moving lava flow

Kapoho residents, including Kapoho Beach Lots & Vacationland, risk being isolated by lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners & are being ADVISED TO EVACUATE

May 30 11:15


May 30 11:06

'Don't toast marshmallows on Hawaii volcano' says US government

The US Geological Survey has responded to a social media query on whether it is safe to roast marshmallows over a volcanic vent.

The answer is no.

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Definitely NO!!!!!

May 30 11:05

Hawaii lava flow destroys 12 more homes as Kilauea volcano continues exploding

A fast-moving lava flow appears to have destroyed at least 12 more homes on Hawaii’s Big Island as lava fountains blast more than 200 feet into the air, authorities said.

The flow near the Leilani Estates neighborhood about 35 miles from Hilo had already destroyed at least 82 structures, including 41 homes, since it began early this month, and at least a dozen more are believed to have been destroyed Sunday and Monday night, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

They were still awaiting official confirmation because the area is so dangerous. The flow also appeared to have cut off access to a geothermal electricity plant, which has been evacuated.

Petra Wiesenbauer is among those who lost homes late Sunday and early Monday.

May 29 13:58

Rescuers hit out at Hawaii residents who won't evacuate Kilauea as terrifying video shows wall of lava consuming properties

Hawaii County officials are knocking on doors on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision alerting residents to flee fast-moving lava from Kilauea volcano.

Evacuation orders were issued Monday evening for anyone in the area east of Pomaikai Street to avoid being isolated by the flow.

'Kind of disturbingly, some people just refused to leave,' said Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno. 'We had one gentleman that had to be kind of rescued. His only way out was through his back door and through the forest.'

May 29 12:56

Hawaii Lava-Flows Accelerate, Over 80 Structures Destroyed, Tourist Bookings Tumble 50%

Officials in Hawaii County have been going door-to-door on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision on The Big Island, warning residents to flee as fast-moving lava from the Kilauea volcano coursed towards the area. Despite being under an evacuation order, several residents have been holding out and refusing to leave their homes.

May 29 12:52

USGS scientists relocate to UH Hilo as summit explosions continue

Many of them are now working out of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Ed Brown, associate director, USGS Volcano Science Center, says the school "has been a phenomenal resource for us."

May 29 11:46

#BREAKING #KilaueaVolcano UPDATE: @CivilDefenseHI has shut down Hwy132

between Lava Tree Park to Four Corners


May 29 11:02

Hawaii volcano latest: 'Vog' joins array of horrifying eruptions from Kilauea

The dangerous volcano in Hawaii is spewing out yet another horror: vog.

Volcanic smog is now spewing out of the Kilauea volcano, endangering people around it after weeks of danger.

Vog isn't quite as explosive or spectacular as some of the other dangers that have been thrown out of the volcano. But it adds another danger of its own: it can be carried a long way on the wind, meaning that its effects can be felt for some distance.

May 29 09:04

Hawaii Eruption Update, 11 am Conference Call (May 28, 2018)

May 28 11:34

Stunning Images From Space As "Widening & Advancing" Lava Flow Reaches Hawaii Power Plant

In just the past 24 hours there were between 250 and 270 earthquakes at Kilauea’s summit, with four explosions on Saturday sending ash to altitudes as high as 12,000-15,000 feet, said Stovall and National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender.

May 28 11:23

Lava covers Puna Geothermal Ventures well, no hydrogen sulfide released

May 28 11:08

Welcome to the twilight zone: Hawaii looks more like a hellscape as Kilauea volcano continues to billow toxic ash into the sky and the Big Island records 270 earthquakes in one day

Hawaii has been struck with 270 earthquakes in just one day as the Kilauea volcano continues to billow toxic ash and spout lava across the island.

More than three weeks after the eruptions first began, Mount Kilauea is showing no signs of stopping.

Photos of the island show a landscape devastated by red hot lava flows and burning trees and shrubbery.

Yesterday's volcanic activity sent ash clouds up to 14,764 feet into the atmosphere, sparking concerns that dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide gas and ash could combine with moisture and dust in the air to cause volcanic smog, or 'vog.'

May 28 11:07

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’

Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air.

You can also add “vog” to the mix.

Scientists say higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano’s vents in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog, or volcanic smog. So far, trade winds have been mostly blowing the gray haze offshore.


Volcanic smog, or air pollution, is created by vapor, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide gas released from Kilauea. It reacts in the atmosphere with oxygen, sunlight, moisture and other gases and particles. In a matter of hours or days, it converts to fine particles that scatter sunlight, creating a haze that can be seen downwind of Kilauea, according to The Interagency Vog Dashboard, which is made up of Hawaii, U.S. and international agencies.

May 28 09:56

Fears of deadly gas explosion as lava inches toward Hawaii geothermal plant

Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is edging closer to a geothermal plant, escalating fears of a potentially lethal and toxic hydrogen sulfide explosion.

Molten lava crossed into the property of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey, heightening concerns that the lava flow could make contact with the power station’s 11 wells.

May 28 09:53

Hawaii volcano update: Is geothermal plant at risk of EXPLODING again?

Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), which provides a quarter of the island's electricity, has been a cause for concern since Kilauea's volcanic activity became explosive on May 3.

It was thought that the plant would be spared by the volcano, as lava began diverting away from the area and nearby fissures - numbers 7 and 21 out of 23 - seemed to be less active.

However it seems mother nature had other plans. Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the County of Hawaii said: The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing.”

On Saturday evening, a tide of lava crossed onto the property of PGV.

The plant stores the highly flammable chemical pentane, 50,000 gallons of which have already been moved from harm’s way.

May 28 09:28

Ever wondered why your bags look so damaged? Baggage handler is caught on camera carelessly tossing luggage into the air down a metal chute at Honolulu Airport

A baggage handler has been caught on camera throwing passengers' luggage down a chute at Honolulu Airport.

The worker was filmed by a traveller who was situated in the terminal building and able to get a clear view of the baggage handler.

Instead of placing the bags gently onto the chute and allowing them to slide down, the ground staff worker simply throws each bag haphazardly often allowing them to bounce as they fall towards the bottom at quite a speed.

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Massive floods on Kauai, the volcano on the Big Island, and now this...

Our tourism was already suffering from TSA. We don't need this kind of PR problem.

May 27 18:01

Puna Geothermal officials confirm lava has reached the 40 acres of their operational plant site

spokesperson says the nearest well is about 130 ft away

May 27 17:58

Civil Defense HI can’t say what would trigger a mandatory mass evacuation of the area surrounding Puna Geothermal

despite lava reaching within 130ft of the well field

May 27 09:59

Welcome to the twilight zone: Hawaii looks more like a hellscape as Kilauea volcano continues to billow toxic ash into the sky and the Big Island records 270 earthquakes in one day

Hawaii has been struck with 270 earthquakes in just one day as the Kilauea volcano continues to billow toxic ash and spout lava across the island.

More than three weeks after the eruptions first began, Mount Kilauea is showing no signs of stopping.

Photos of the island show a landscape devastated by red hot lava flows and burning trees and shrubbery.

Yesterday's volcanic activity sent ash clouds up to 14,764 feet into the atmosphere, sparking concerns that dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide gas and ash could combine with moisture and dust in the air to cause volcanic smog, or 'vog.'

May 27 09:59

Hawaii volcano update: 270 earthquakes in ONE day – latest pictures and USGS quake map

MOUNT Kilauea is showing no signs of letting up, as Big Island continues to feel the destructive fury of the volcano. With 270 earthquakes recorded yesterday in just 24 hours, here is the latest on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender said that the flurry of earthquakes caused four massive explosions from the volcano’s summit, sending ash clouds up to 4,500 metres into the atmosphere.

Winds are set to shift on Monday and Tuesday, causing higher concentrations of ash and volcanic smog – ‘vog’ – that will spread west and northwest to affect more populated areas, Bravender said.

U.S. Marine Corps and National Gu

May 26 09:39

Marines bring Super Stallions to Puna in case of mass evacuations

May 25 11:46

Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured from harm

The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii’s Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been secured from approaching lava.

May 25 09:04

Family's newly built dream home in Hawaii is destroyed by the Kilauea volcano just two weeks after they moved from California

A California family's newly built dream home in Hawaii has been destroyed by the state's erupting volcano just two weeks after they moved to the Big Island.

Jon Parr said he had spent the last 10 years preparing to move his wife, Zusje, and their two sons from Santa Cruz, California, to Hawaii.

They sold their home in Santa Cruz to their dream home in Lanipuna Gardens for 'precisely two weeks' before they were forced to evacuate when the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3, eventually causing fissure No. 20 to open just 200 feet from their home.

May 25 05:16

Hawaii FINALLY Admits: "Sea Cliff Collapse" Danger ---- TSUNAMI Danger for San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, BC

A catastrophic flank collapse of an oceanic volcano happens somewhere in the world every 10,000 years on average, Ward added, but none has been caught in its early stages until now.

May 25 05:12

Hawaii's Mega Tsunami Threat

This is a visualisation of what would happen if the Hilina Slump collapses. The rift is definitely opening further.

A Slow Emergency and a Sudden Slump
" This type of motion is not new, it actually has a name. It is called the Hilina Slump. During the last strong quake in Hawaii, a magnitude 7.2 event on November 29th 1975, this slump slid toward the ocean by about 11 feet. Another temblor, the 7.9 magnitude Hawaii quake of 1868 caused the slump to move as well, resulting in a tsunami with a maximum wave height of about 60 feet.

May 24 19:34

#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano UPDATE: 5/24

An incredible volume of lava — an estimated 40-60 cubic feet per second — is spewing from active fissures

UPDATE: Puna Geothermal Venture reports their wells remain stable & lava hasn’t encroached

Residents assess extensive damage across #LeilaniEstates after increase in fissure activity overnight. Even houses that were spared may never be inhabitable again

May 24 11:23

Hawaiians Panic As Lava Reaches Offline Power Plant, More Lava Pours Into Ocean

The Puna Geothermal Venture in Hawaii is secure, and if lava did encroach on it, the danger of a toxic gas release is “very low,” authorities said. Not only that, but the power plant was taken offline when the Kilaeau volcano began erupting earlier this month, so blackouts are not expected.

Nonetheless, the lava is threatening to destroy the power plant. Hawaii Electric Light officials confirmed that if the lava does take out the plant, no blackouts should occur. Older, diesel-powered plants have been brought online to provide electricity in the wake of the erupting volcano, Jim Kelly, a spokesman for HEL, told ABC News.

May 24 11:13

UPDATE: Hawaii Lava 24 May 2018 with ** USGS ** Leilani Estates 5:57 AM

May 24 10:22


Following significant activity from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, a geothermal power plant under threat of encroaching lava has plugged its production wells in order to prevent the release of toxic gases. Since the onset of volcanic activity, the Puna Geothermal has been a point of concern for citizens who fear heat generated could interact with chemicals used or toxic substances could be released.

Ten wells at the plant had to be “quenched,” or cooled down with cold water in order to fend off the volcanic pressure from below. Gas levels are being monitored closely, and any abnormal spike in such levels could potentially prompt a mass evacuation due to potential meltdown conditions being reached at the plant.

The plant has been a point of contention amongst citizens since its creation in 1998, as it is believed by many to be built on sacred land. However, scientists claim the location of the plant makes it primed to harness renewable energy from the earth.

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May 24 10:20

Blue Flames Join the Lava Light Show on Hawaii During Kilauea Eruption

People around the world have been transfixed by images of red and orange lava fountains oozing out of volcanic vents on Hawaii’s Big Island. Now a new color has joined the mix: the blue flames of burning methane gas.

A photo shared by the United States Geological Survey shows striking blue flames peeking through the cracks in a street. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been burning through plants and shrubs, producing methane.

The gas “can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated” or “emerge from cracks in the ground several feet away,” the USGS said. Once ignited, it produces a blue flame.

“It’s very dramatic. It’s very eerie,” USGS scientist Jim Kauahikaua said.

May 24 10:19

Hawaii volcano belches new ash plume as geothermal wells secured

The restive Kilauea Volcano belched clouds of ash into the skies over Hawaii’s Big Island twice more on Wednesday as civil defense authorities reported that pressurized geothermal wells at a nearby power plant had been spared from approaching lava.

The latest back-to-back upheavals of ash from the main summit crater of Kilauea — one before dawn and another several hours later — came on the 21st day of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles in a century from one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

May 24 10:01

Did Fracking Cause The Hawaii Volcano Eruption?

On the Big Island of Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has explosively erupted, there is a geothermal energy plant. It is the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) Plant, in Puna.

There is a long-running debate about whether PGV is fracking. The debate may be a matter of terminology, because in the geothermal process, as hawaiifracking.com reports, “…the drilling and the injection of cold water into hot rocks used in geothermal energy plants does fracture the rocks, which can induce earthquakes and through contamination of the atmosphere and water tables can affect our health and safety.”

Whether deep injection of fluid aims to capture oil, gas, or heat (geothermal), the beginning stage of the process is the same.

Earthquakes induced by this water-injection could obviously trigger a volcano.

Webmaster addition: Obviously there is no oil or gas to be found here in Hawaii. It's all volcanoes out here.

May 23 17:37

LATEST VIDEO REPORT: backflow heading toward the Puna Geothermal Venture plant -- wells & hydrogen sulfide concerns

(May 23 at 2 PM) hst

absolutely the best reporter there!

May 23 10:49

Hawaii volcano eruption: The most striking pictures from Kilauea eruption

Incredible photographs show molten lava pouring into the Pacific Ocean, volcanic fissures erupting with brutality and lava fountains creating spectacular displays of fire.

May 23 10:41

New concerns as Hawaii volcano lava nears geothermal plant

After Kilauea erupted more than two weeks ago, lava has moved closer to a geothermal power plant and increased the threat of “laze”- a toxic haze created when lava enters the ocean.

May 23 10:41

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cracks in the ground in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock made rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.

The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of it toward the southwest.

May 23 10:40

Hawaii volcano earthquakes today: Could Big Island be hit by BIG ONE as Kilauea erupts?

HAWAII’S Mount Kilauea continues its reign of terror on Big Island with 23 fissures open and spewing lava and the list of hazards continuing to grow. With earthquakes rocking the island, could it be hit by the Big One as Kilauea erupts?

May 23 10:09

K?lauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. HST

May 23 09:51

Feet from incineration! River of lava stops just yards short of engulfing home of Hawaii woman, 75… after she snapped volcano exploding through her bedroom window

An avalanche of lava has stopped miraculously short of the home of Hawaii woman who photographed the terrifying volcanic eruption from her bedroom window.

Dramatic photos showed a black river of lava just metres away from 75-year-old Dona Meuller's house in Puna.

She had earlier watched the enormous eruption taking place from the property as she returned to collect some belongings having earlier been evacuated.

Ms Meuller was able to capture the extraordinary display from her bedroom window where the lava could be seen spewing from a volcano, and flows spilled down to the front of her home.

May 23 09:34

UPDATE: Hawaii Lava 7:45 PM 22 May 2018 Lower Kahukai Leilani Estates lava flow

May 23 09:34

USGS Scientist Gives Hawaii Eruption Presentation (May 22, 2018)

May 23 09:29

The reason you can't stop watching the lava

Lava exploding as it pours into the sea. Cars engulfed in a molten torrent. Steam billowing, cloud-like, as inner Earth meets ocean.

There is something mesmerizing about the sheer power of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, magnificent and malevolent all at once, a reminder that for all of our modern-day progress, nature possesses vast powers we cannot tame. Around the world, but especially in the United States, people are watching, rapt.

May 23 09:28

After another Kilauea eruption, photos show a slow-motion disaster

Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano erupted once again yesterday, spewing ash more than 30,000 feet in the air.

It’s the latest in a series of eruptions on the state’s Big Island. The eruptions, which started several weeks ago, have resulted in 21 lava-seeping fissures, clouds of toxic gas, and the destruction of dozens of homes. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated.

“Every day has gotten worse,” one Big Island resident told CNN.

The May 17 eruption suggests that Kilauea’s heightened activity is far from ceasing. But Reuters also noted that while a miles-high ash cloud may seem apocalyptic, the volcanic activity so far has not been nearly as bad as it could have been.

May 23 09:27

Haunting Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Glowing Kilauea Volcano From Above

Normally, the wide-angle camera at the Gemini North telescope is used to monitor atmospheric conditions, but officials at the high-altitude observatory recently used it to create this stunning, 45-second-long timelapse.

The vantage point is from Mauna Kea, a dormant Big Island volcano that’s 13,800 feet (4,200 meters) high, and located 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Mount Kilauea. The infrared filter was removed from the camera, giving the volcanic glow its whitish-blue hue, rather than the expected red glow from the lava.

May 23 09:27

Hawaii volcano eruption: Could Kilauea eruptions be bigger than Pompeii?

Concerns are mounting as Kilauea enters its most violent stage yet, as the lava lake drops nearer to the water table.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory warned: “At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent.

“Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues.”

The youngest yet most active of all Hawaii’s volcanoes, Kilauea eruption - which has been continuous since shows no signs of slowing down on Big Island.

May 23 09:26

How NASA Tech Is Helping Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Response

The response teams on the ground quickly turned to NASA for help, agency officials said. [In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space]

"One of the first things emergency responders wanted to know was where the lava was coming out — where are all the fissures?" J. Carver Struve, NASA emergency management co-lead at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

Seven scientific instruments aboard five NASA and partner satellites helped answer this question and have provided a wealth of other important data — the composition and size of newly emitted volcanic plumes, for example, and how, exactly, the movement of molten rock underground is deforming the ground on the Big Island.

May 23 07:17

Hawaii Is Losing Its Most Iconic Tree to Disease

Over the last several years, a deadly fungal disease has killed hundreds of thousands of native Hawaiian ??hi?a trees. Before now, the disease—Rapid ??hi?a Death—was limited to Hawai?i Island. But the disease-causing fungus has now been found on the island of Kaua?i. And that’s a big problem, considering that ??hi?a is arguably the most important tree in the archipelago’s sensitive island ecosystems and traditional Hawaiian culture.

May 22 18:08

Israeli-owned geothermal plant in Hawaii under fire as lava oozes nearby

Workers scramble to shut vents at Ormat Technology's Puna facility after Kilauea eruption claims adjacent building; stocks tumble in Tel Aviv and New York

May 22 17:43

Man Defending Hawaii Home from Volcano is Hit by Flaming ‘Lava Bomb’

"You might want to step back," said Darryl Clinton as yet another explosion boomed nearby.

He seemed to know exactly what that sound meant. A fissure that violently cracked open the earth's surface was spewing more lava and, possibly, more lava bombs -- flying chunks of molten rock.

May 22 17:35

'Lava haze' and 'vog': toxic volcanic gases prompt health fears in Hawaii

deadly plumes of volcanic gas and particles are polluting the Big Island in the wake of recent eruptions

May 22 17:28

Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide emissions surge

more than doubled since the current eruption began.

May 22 17:07

Geothermal plant has been breached -- Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant |

May 22 14:32

'No one has faced this before' --- New eruptions at Hawaii volcano sends lava closer to power plant

Authorities in Hawaii were scrambling to firm up contingency plans Tuesday as hot, powerful lava flowing from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano slowly encroached on a Big Island power plant.

The lava flow entered the 800-acre property of the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant on Monday and had stalled at a swale about 300 yards from the nearest underground well. On Tuesday, the lava was advancing.

"Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight," Hawaii County civil defense officials said in a statement. "The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to PGV property."

If lava breaches wells, authorities fear it could release hydrogen sulfide, a toxic and flammable gas. Most of the wells have been capped with a thick, steel plate.

Thomas Travis, an administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, has warned that the intense heat could diminish the strength of the metal.

May 22 14:23

'No one has faced this before' --- New eruptions at Hawaii volcano sends lava closer to power plant

---- having lava flow across the well causes some uncertainties

May 22 13:52

Hawaii National Guard Presence Builds As Lava Nears Geothermal Power Plant

National Guard presence on the island is high as molten lava has made its way within a few hundred yards of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant which government insiders have already warned may explode.

May 22 12:38

Kilauea's Wrath Threatens Power Plant — And Hawaii's Most Powerful Industry

In the weeks since the Kilauea volcano began belching lava into Hawaii's residential areas, the fiery flow has destroyed dozens of structures and covered scores of acres on the Big Island. But authorities fear its destructive reach could ravage at least two more cornerstones of the state: its power supply and, a little less tangibly, its all-important tourism industry.

On Monday evening local time, the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency announced that lava from nearby fissures had begun to encroach on the southern edge of one of the state's key sources of power, the Puna Geothermal Venture.

The plant harvests hot liquid and steam from underground wells to drive turbine generators for electricity, which is then sold to the state's largest utility. The plant provides roughly a quarter of the Big Island's power, according to Reuters.

May 22 11:55

Hawaii volcano eruption: Has Highway 137 Hawaii been hit? Lava enters sea

MOLTEN lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has sped towards major routes, threatening to cut off key evacuation roads for coastal residents - but has Highway 137 been hit yet? How far away is the lava flow?

Residents were airlifted to safety from the Puna area as new explosive eruptions caused boiling lava from two huge cracks at Fissure 20 to merge into a fast-flowing river.

One homeowner was seriously injured after being splattered with lava from the fresh eruptions as he sat on his third-floor balcony.

Janet Snyder, a spokesperson for the Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii, said: "It hit him on the shin and shattered everything there down on his leg,”.

She added lava spatters “can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill”.

May 22 10:30

In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space

May 22 10:29

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago.

Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the toxic steam cloud, which is formed by a chemical reaction when lava touches seawater.

Further upslope, lava continued to gush out of large cracks in the ground that formed in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock formed rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.

The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano's summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of the ash toward the southwest.

May 22 10:28

False tsunami rumors swirl after Big Island quakes

When a 6.9 earthquake shook the Big Island earlier this month, tsunami fears kicked into high gear and so did the rumor mill.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it received dozens of phone calls asking if a tsunami was coming.

"We've received phone calls even from the mainland asking about a tsunami hazard from Hawaii," Oceanographer Nathan Becker said.

There was no tsunami threat.

There are plenty of dangerous things happening on the Big Island these days, but so far, a tsunami has not been one of them.

Becker reminds the public to always double check their source of information.

May 22 10:28

Explosive eruptions continue to produce plumes of ash at Kilauea's summit crater

Explosions continue at the summit of Kilauea, prompting authorities to warn area residents about the threat of ashfall.

The latest eruption at Halemaumau Crater happened around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, creating an ash plume that was about 8,000 feet above sea level. They also warned that the wind may carry the plume to the southwest.

Hours earlier, around 8 p.m. Monday, another "very small" explosion occurred. But earlier in the day, about 6 p.m., a more sizable explosion rocked the summit.

And well before dawn, about 12:55 a.m., a large eruption sent an ash plume 7,000 feet above sea level.

May 22 09:54

As Lava Nears, Officials Working To Kill Geothermal Wells

May 21 11:27

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.

Since a first fissure opened in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava claimed 40 structures.

On Friday afternoon, the lava changed dramatically with one fissure ramping up and sending a flow across a road, destroying four more homes and isolating residents, some of whom had to be air-lifted to safety.

May 21 11:25

Hawaii Residents Trapped As Volcanic Eruption Intensifies, First Major Injury Reported After "Lava Bomb"

More residents of Hawaii's Big Island have been told to evacuate as fast moving lava threatens homes and businesses after a new, explosive eruption took place at Kilauea's summit crater Saturday as well as the emergence of fresh, faster flowing lava throughout the region. Some 22 fissures have opened up in the lower Puna district since the eruptions began over two weeks ago, claiming at least 44 structures in the affluent Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

Residents across the Ka'u region have been advised to prepare for "rapid changes in air quality" due to the potential for ashfall or increased levels of sulfur dioxide.

May 21 10:55

Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update - Sunday Night (May 20, 2018)

May 21 10:34

Volcano's gassy, glassy 'laze' a new threat for Hawaii

Hawaii faced a new hazard on Sunday as lava flows from Kilauea's volcanic eruption could produce clouds of acid fumes, steam, and glass-like particles as they reach the Pacific, authorities said.

Civil defense notices cautioned motorists, boaters and beachgoers to beware of caustic plumes of "laze" formed from two streams of hot lava pouring into the sea after cutting across Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and early Sunday.

The bulletins also warned that reports of toxic sulfur dioxide gas being vented from various points around the volcano had tripled, urging residents to "take action necessary to limit further exposure."

May 21 09:58

Live Video: Kilauea Lava Flow Activity In Lower Puna Hawaii

May 21 09:35

17 surreal images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption