NO Tsunami Threat After 5.5 Quake at Kilauea Summit

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Kilauea has been erupting for the past four weeks, destroying dozens of homes and prompting evacuations from those who live near the volcano.

All but a few of the estimated 500 inhabitants of Kapoho and adjacent Vacationland development are now believed to have fled their homes, an agency spokesman said.

County officials said in a news release that there is no access to Kapoho and Vacationland along Highway 132 or Highway 137 because of the lava flow.

County Managing Director Wil Okabe said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots is also threatened.

Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighbourhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava.

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The area contains a mix of vacation rental properties and year-round residences, The Associated Press reported.

Lava from a fissure near the volcano entered Kapoho Bay overnight, forcing billowing clouds of steam into the atmosphere as hot lava hit the cool water of the Pacific Ocean. In addition, most of Vacationland and all but the northern edge of Kapoho Beach Lots have been inundated with lava.

In this infographic, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory breaks down the last 30 days of fissures, lava flows, earthquakes, and explosions by the numbers.

Officials warned residents about the presence of laze, a potentially risky mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and tiny glass particles in the air.

Between May 4 and Monday, there have been almost 10,000 earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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So too have airborne volcanic glass fibers, called "Pele's hair", wispy strands carried aloft by the wind from lava fountains and named for the volcano goddess of Hawaiian myth.

Lava from Kilauea has now covered an area of almost 5,000 acres, according to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Lava lobes from Fissure 8 were advancing 100 yards an hour, the USGS said.

In addition, at over four weeks, this eruption has lasted longer than the 1955 and 1924 eruptions, the USGS said. He faces charges that include refusing to evacuate and reckless driving.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since May 11 because of earthquakes and continuous explosions from the volcano's summit crater.

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