Explosion At Kilauea Summit; More Feared

Volcanic activity continues to wreak havoc in Hawaii. Nearly one week after eruptions first started on the Big Island, a 15th fissure erupted yesterday. A large explosion in the lava cone of an active Hawaiian volcano is prompting fears that more are on the way.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the latest explosion blew rocks up over the rim of the Kilauea volcano. Scientist Tina Neal says the blast could have been the first of many to come. The lava level in the cone has dropped so far that experts figured steam explosions would result when the magma mixed with water.

The back-to-back Hawaii disasters are taking a huge economic toll on the islands. "Hawaii News Now" reports that the cost of lava damage on the Big Island combined with flooding on Oahu and Kauai comes to 22-million dollars.

Experts say the disasters are unlikely to do any serious damage to Hawaii's economy or the insurance market. Although the totals are sure to rise as the Kilauea eruption continues, past hurricanes have caused far more damage – in the billions of dollars. 

Hawaii Governor David Ige also issued a proclamation, letting the government expedite the process of getting rid of the pentane. Ige has also sough help on a federal level, signing a presidential disaster declaration. As we've been telling you, volcanic eruptions near the Leilani Estates has been devastating - lava has destroyed more than two dozen homes and spread to 117 acres of land.

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