Lava flows from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano
August 28 2015
A fast-moving river of molten lava from erupting volcano Kilauea creeps over Hawaii's Big Island.
A thick stream of lava has erupted from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island and had crept into the surrounding forest, the US. Geological Survey said, but it did not pose a threat to surrounding communities.
The lava flowed on Thursday (local time) from the east side of the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and was still spreading, the US Geological Survey said.
A witness said lava had moved about 0.8 km in less than 24 hours, and was now headed toward the subdivision of Eden Roc, on the eastern side of the island, and home to about 450 people.
Lava from the volcano oozes around a fence at the Pahoa transfer station last November.
But scientists said the flow, one of several breakouts from the Eastern Rift Zone, was not expected to threaten populated areas. "None of the lava flows currently pose a threat to communities but are being monitored closely," the US Geological Survey said.
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake also occurred early on Thursday beneath the volcano's south flank, but "seismicity within the volcano remains at a low level," the federal agency said.