Massive 5.3-Magnitude Explosions Rock Hawaii Volcano

June 26, 2018 Last Updated: June 26, 2018

Large explosions have been recorded at Hawaii’s Kilauea summit, with some having the force of a magnitude-5.3 earthquake.

The explosions have happened for five days in a row, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

On Monday, an event at 5:03 p.m. local time registered as the equivalent as a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, the agency said. It produced a smoke plume of less than 2,000 feet and didn’t cause a tsunami threat.

According to CNN, on Sunday at 4:12 p.m. local time, there was a collapse explosion registered at magnitude 5.3. One on Saturday at 4:34 p.m. a 5.3-magnitude explosion occurred. On Friday, at 6:52 p.m., a collapse explosion registered as a 5.3 on the Richter scale. On Thursday, at 1:14 p.m., a gas and ash emission was the same.

About 4,000 small earthquakes have hit the area in the past week, with as many as 40 quakes per hour, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. Most of the quakes have been between 2 and 3 on the Richter scale.

Lava from the volcano has destroyed hundreds of homes, acres of land, and roads. The USGS said recently that it also lost a piece of equipment: the North Pit GPS station.

The agency tweeted that the North Pit GPS station dropped 300 feet since mid-May and is no longer able to transmit data.

 

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