No tsunami threat after 5.6 quake strikes near Kilauea summit

No tsunami threat after 5.6 quake strikes near Kilauea summit

Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, June 5, 2018.

At the same time, most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the island's biggest tourist attractions, remains closed indefinitely due to hazards from ash and volcanic rock ejected from the summit crater, and accompanying earthquakes that have damaged park facilities.

Lava also began flowing into the Kapoho Tide Pools overnight, destroying the popular snorkeling destination, Snyder said.

The site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern side.

Evans reports the cascade into Kapoho Bay is releasing toxic steam mixed with tiny particles of glass. "A Hawaiian County Fire Department overflight reported that the lava filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water", the report said. Emergency responders have no plans to rescue anyone from the evacuated areas past the deadline, the agency said.

The flow of lava especially from fissure eight has cut off Puna Kapoho and several residents had to be airlifted to safety. "Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice", the county says. Kahele said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.

There are no immediate reports or damage, injuries or fatalities from the natural disaster, which was recorded at around 3.30pm GMT. "This is something most of us will never see in our lifetime", he said. The crew landed and confirmed the three people had no cellphone reception.

On the coast as the lava reaches the ocean it is sending up a large plume of what's known as laze - formed when lava reacts with seawater to form a mix of acid fumes, steam and glass-like specks.

Officers pursued the suspect to a residence located just above Government Beach Road and arrested him; they then expedited their way back out of the area through the "Four Corner" intersection area as the lava flow was within 50-100 feet from crossing onto the roadway and cutting off an exit route.

In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said.