Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hawaii volcano eruption map: Where was Hawaii earthquake? 6.9 tremor felt 200 MILES away

Major earthquakes were reported Friday near Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since an eruption earlier this week. Over 1,500 residents have been evacuated. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joins CBSN via phone to discuss how the community is handling the eruption.

Scientists and local officials warned residents seismic and volcanic activity may continue after the 6.9 tremor shook buildings on the island's southeast corner a little after noon local time on Friday.
The state’s County Civil Defence Agency also stated a slew of tremors were responsible for “four to five” landslides that occured along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.
Talmadge Magno, Hawaii’s Civil Defence Administrator, stated: "That's part of being on an active volcano, unfortunately.”
"This last one was scary," state Senator Russell Ruderman of Keauu told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It starts rocking and keeps on going. It's very frightening. We're rattled."

Where did Hawaii earthquake hit?

The epicentre of the latest volcano was located 11 miles southwest of Leilani Estates.
A preliminary 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the region earlier on Friday.
The seismic event - reportedly Hawaii's biggest earthquake since the 1970s - was preceeded by reports of a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that struck roughly 11 miles southwest of the same area, the USGS said.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre declared that the huge quake - recorded by the USGS as a magnitude 6.9 tremor - struck at 11.33am local time on Friday.
KHON reported some viewers on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away, felt the shaking.
Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and one of five on the island, has been in constant eruption for 35 years.
But the explosion on Thursday is thought to be the biggest seen in recent years.
Kilauea began spewing lava into residential areas on Thursday after a series of earthquakes over the past week.
Starting around 11 am on Friday, the island experienced a flurry of earthquakes, culminating in the massive magnitude 6.9 tremor.
Some 1,700 residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions were ordered to evacuate on Thursday after public works officials reported steam and lava erupting from fissures in the road, the Civil Defense agency said.
Friday also saw several more eruptive lava fissures, each several hundred yards long, in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the Puna District about a dozen miles from the volcano.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in an alert that a total of six fissures had occurred.
Although no significant lava flows have yet formed, additional outbreaks of lava, which can reach temperatures of about 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit (1,150 Celsius), were expected, the agency said.
Civil defense officials have warned the public about high levels of sulfur dioxide near the volcano, one reason for the evacuation orders. The gas can cause skin irritations and breathing difficulties.
No injuries or deaths were reported, but Hawaii Governor David Ige activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide emergency help.
Two houses have been destroyed, officials said.

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