May 14, 2018
A new 1,000-foot fissure opened up in the ground in Hawaii’s Puna District, sending lava and hot gas into the air – bringing the number of homes destroyed by the lava to 40.
Lava spread across hundreds of yards of private land and loud explosions rocked the neighborhood. Residents were told to evacuate – and some now fear a major eruption at Kilauea’s summit. More than a dozen other active vents have opened in the past week.
Nearby resident Richard Schott, 34, sat near a police checkpoint and watched as the eruption churned just over a ridgeline and behind some trees.
‘I’ve actually seen rocks fly over the tree line and I can feel it in my body,’ Schott said. ‘It’s like a nuclear reaction or something.’ The new opening was still showing signs of activity Sunday afternoon
This article was posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:19 am