FRESH alerts have been issued after ANOTHER fissure opened up at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano – with residents living further down the mountain warned they were at risk from molten lava.
The United States Geological Survey reported that the latest outbreak of lava had been identified at 5am GMT (6pm local time). A spokesman said: “Lava from this latest outbreak is actively spattering and degassing but no flow has yet formed. “This area was actively steaming earlier in the day.” The new fissure, the 17th to open since Kilauea begun erupting earlier this month, is located half a mile northeast of the end of Hinalo Road, close to the fissure 16 which opened 11 hours earlier.
“Earthquake activity, ground deformation, and continuing high emission rates of sulphur dioxide in the area indicate additional outbreaks of lava are likely as this eruption continues.
“The location of future outbreaks could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated.
“Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation.
The USGS spokesman said: “These ash clouds have been relatively low concentration and have risen only a few thousand feet above the ground, a few generating very localized ashfall downwind.
At least 36 buildings have been destroyed and 2,000 evacuated, while on Friday lava was reported to be covering a total of 200 acres.