Man hit by lava 'bomb' as volcano eruption blocks escape routes


Lava erupts and flows from a Kilauea volcano fissure, near to the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) plant (TOP R), on Hawaii's Big Island on May 21, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. Park officials said that crews are working on clearing another roadway on the south side of the park that was covered by lava from previous eruptions.

Lava continues to advance toward subdivisions in the Puna district.

"Residents of Government Beach Road, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are at risk for isolation or lava inundation should a flow reach that area and are advised to be prepared to evacuate due to the possibility".

Kilauea in the U.S. state of Hawaii is one of the world's most active volcanoes and it has been very active in recent weeks.

Traffic is stalled along Highway 132 as Leilani Estates residents wait to return to their homes to gather vital belongings and animals this month.

At more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the lava oozing out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will easily toast a marshmallow, but that doesn't mean you should go out and start making volcanic s'mores.

That flow was being fed by fissure No. 8 in Leilani Estates, which was fountaining lava about 200 feet into the air.

Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said that the couple Monday night bypassed a security check-point on Highway 132, parked near the closed Lava Tree State Monument and walked "into an area of intense active lava flow".

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The bomb was detonated by army engineers, causing no casualties, the military said on Twitter. No injuries were reported in the incident.

In this image released by the U.S. Geological Survey HVO shows an aerial view of fissure 22 looking toward the south, as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii.

Strands of volcanic glass called as Pele's hair was accumulating on the ground in Leilani Estates and surrounding neighborhoods, and winds may blow lighter particles farther away, scientists said.

Volcanic gas emissions remain high from the eruption. Authorities are telling residents to minimize their exposure to these to avoid skin irritation.

The agency issued the order late Sunday after a lava pond from Fissure 7 breached, creating the lava flow.

County officials said Monday there was no release of any unsafe hydrogen sulfide gas from the wells buried by lava, as some feared might happen if lava breached the well shafts that tap steam and hot water several thousand feet down.

As you may have heard, a large part of Hawaii's Big Island is now under assault.

The Puu Oo eruption began January 3, 1983, when fissures opened on Kilauea's East Rift Zone, and in the months that followed the eruption became focused at a single vent.