Large streams of lava have erupted from fissures below Leilani Estates on Hawaii’s Big Island. Aerial images showed numerous fingers of fast-moving lava streams flowing downhill, threatening homes and property in their way.
Local media reported that the lava flow was less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from Highway 137 that runs along the southeastern shore of the Big Island, raising concerns that the lava could enter the ocean in a matter of hours.
Scientists expect Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, to experience a series of explosive eruptions that could spread ash and volcanic smog across the Big Island, the southernmost of the Hawaiian archipelago. That could pose a hazard to jet engines if it blows into aircraft routes around 30,000 feet (9,144 meters).