>> Lava flows from giant rips in the earth on the flank of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano and since May 3 when it began to erupt 19 such fissures have opened up. Reuters photographer Terray Sylvester is there.>> The fissures that have opened in the last 48 hours are among the most violent of the eruption so far.
I took a helicopter flight above fisher number 17 and even from 4,000 feet I was able to clearly see explosions in the fisher itself. It was like watching a fireworks display from above.>> Now the question is whether pent up steam could cause an explosion at the volcano crater.
Authorities are warning a potential blast that could hurl ballistic blocks weight up to 12 tons for half a mile. U.S. Geological Survey says that the next phase could include a massive plume, spreading debris over 12 miles.>> That one shook the house!>> Awesome!>> This video, by a self proclaimed lava chaser, Demian Barrios, gives you an idea of what exploding lava bombs look like.
coming.>> So far 37 structures have been destroyed and officials have ordered evacuations of nearly 2,000 people, mostly in the hard hit Leilani Estates where Reuters was able to visit over the weekend.>> Most of the lava in Leilani Estates has now cooled. It's black and hard.
But cracks in the road in the sub-division are still venting steam. And it's not just steam, it's sulphur dioxide gas too. The subdivision is heavily vegetated, some dense stands of forest between houses. And when you get close to fissures, you can tell because the vegetation is dead, the trees are bare leaves, and the undergrowth is died as well.
>> Steaming cracks along one of the main routes also raises concerns of yet another fissure opening up, as it would hinder access for 2,000 people on the East of the island. The Hawaii National Guard says that would prompt another major evacuation and is asking residents to get out if they can.