World News: Lava Overflow

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is erupting, and this week the lava flow is starting to get dangerously close to some residential areas. Emergency works have been going through the town to tell people living in the village of Pahoa to be ready for evacuation.  This volcano has been erupting for weeks, so the people have luckily been aware of the lava, which has reportedly moving about a foot every couple of minutes. Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, has been erupting continuously since 1983. Decomposition of vegetation in the lava’s path has created methane gas, which can potentially accumulate and can be ignited by heat and cause a blast. Many residents have already evacuated due to the incoming lava. Yet no one knows if the lava flow will stop, change direction, or hit homes.

Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya

 

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