NASA Watches Kilauea Eruption Impacts From Space


New volcanic fissures opening up in a residential area of Hawaii's Big Island caused police to go door-to-door telling remaining residents to leave.

A Fort Wayne man was killed in Hawaii as a volcanic eruption continues to wreak havoc across island chain.

Images taken on NASA's Terra satellite show volcano fissures that have oozed lava and gas in recent days on Hawaii's Big Island.

Authorities ordered almost 2,000 residents to leave two communities in the mostly rural district of Puna on Hawaii's Big Island last Thursday.

It said the two new vents had opened near two road intersections and were "actively erupting".

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted again, spewing toxic gases out of two new vents and prompting authorities to call for an immediate evacuation of residents from a second neighbourhood.

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Some ignored the order and stayed to watch over their property.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the risk will rise if the lava drops below the groundwater level beneath the summit's caldera or craterlike basin.

Another image, also from Sunday, shows yellow and green streaks depicting sulfur dioxide gas, which can be risky at high levels.

The agency reported that 104 acres are now covered in lava and a total of 36 structures had been destroyed. Scientists have used ASTER data to produce this image, in which plant growth is shown in red and old lava flows in black.

With high chances of rain in the Big island on Thursday and Friday, the risky gas could lead to another menace known as acid rain.