Lava flow sparks Winter Weather Advisory on Big Island
The Hawaii volcano eruption has triggered a shock event that has left experts baffled. The interaction of lava with sea water has created an unusual weather phenomenon causing freezing rain on the Big Island Summits, forcing the Hawaii National Weather Service to issue a shock Winter Weather Advisory alert.
Here’s How Much Lava Kilauea’s Eruption Has Produced
We’re well into the second month of Kilauea volcano’s devastating eruption, and things show no sign of letting up. Now, we’re getting our very first estimate of how much molten rock has poured out of the ground so far. Kilauea has produced at least 113.5 million cubic meters of lava, which is enough to fill 45,400 Olympic swimming pools or bury Manhattan nearly seven feet deep.
That figure comes courtesy of the US Geological Survey (USGS), which released its estimate on June 7. According to Michael Poland, a USGS volcanologist who’s currently in Hawaii assisting with the response to Kilauea, the agency arrived at the number using several different methods.
Lava is still tearing through Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano continues to erupt
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still gushing lava and ash, weeks after violent eruptions began.
The volcano has technically been erupting since 1983, but this recent spate of dangerous eruptions has been escalating since May 3. The lava flows have severely damaged nearby residential neighborhoods and forced over 2,000 people to evacuate their homes. Many still can’t access their properties as ash and lava continue to spread around the island.
Beyond the immediate fire danger from lava, high levels of sulfur dioxide spewing from the volcano pose a serious threat to children, elderly people, and people with respiratory issues, the United States Geological Survey said.