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Kilauea volcano's lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools: USGS

15 June 2018

There were two small blasts Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 quake, scientists said.

Since the Kilauea volcanic eruption began on May 3, it's spewed 113.5 million cubic meters of lava onto Hawaii's Big Island, according to an estimate from the United States Geological Survey.

Officials on Hawaii's Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations Monday as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn't threatening new areas.

The ongoing lava flows have forced thousands of people from their homes, although many have been allowed to return on a temporary basis, particularly in the Leilani Estates area.

Also Saturday, there was an explosive eruption of rock and ash at Kilauea's summit at 4:50 a.m. that produced a plume expected to possibly blow to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View.

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Meanwhile, officials said Fissure 8 continues to produce a large flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large plume, KHON2 reported.

Latest updates from USGS at 09:32 pm BST said: "A line of closely spaced vents at Fissure 8 are continuing to erupt producing fountains reaching heights up to 160 feet, just higher than the spatter cone around them".

The eruption has also had a toll on the area's tourism industry, with many afraid to travel to the island. To date, the lava has destroyed more than 600 homes.

"I swear to you we're going to do this", he said, according to county spokeswoman Janet Snyder.

"Just a few days ago Kapoho Bay was a handsome vacation destination, filled with vacation homes, attractive beaches and clear water", Forbes wrote last week.

Kilauea volcano's lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools: USGS