Green stone shoot from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii as lava and forms a new peninsula



Raw cell phone video of Hawaii lava flow

A guy films of the second story of his house as lava creeps closer.

After weeks of spewing ash and lava, the Hawaiian islands, Kilauea volcano is now shooting green crystals in the air.

The little green gems, known as olivines, detected by the residents that live on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“Yes, the lava that is erupting now it is very crystal-rich, and it is quite possible that residents would be able to find olivine,” Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo told Mashable.

Friends of mine live in Hawaii, right next to the area affected by the most recent lava flows. In the middle of the destruction in the near and the stress of the unknown, they woke up to this small pieces of olivine on the ground. It is literally raining gems. The nature is really great.

— Erin Jordan (@ErinJordan_WX) 11 June 2018

According Gansecki, the olivine is carried out in the rapidly cooled lava, not the plume of ash.

Some olivines that popped out of a ‘flow’. The Kilauea gems. #hawaii #kilauea #olivine #lovevolcanoes

— GEOetc (@GEOetc2) 10 June 2018

The local population has been reported, the finding of the small green stones placed on the ground, and their discoveries on social media.

“In the midst of the destruction in the near and the stress of the unknown, [my friends] wake up little pieces of olivine on the ground. It is literally raining gems. The nature is really great,” wrote Erin Jordan on Twitter.

Another Twitter user GEOetc called them “Kiauea the little gems.”

US Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said, it is not uncommon for olivine crystal to be present in lava rock. “There is often olivine in the rocks about Hawaii,” she said.

The gems can be separated from the lava as it explodes through the ocean and breaks into small pieces. The olivine may also simply “fall-out” of the lava as it erupts into the air.

Meanwhile, the large volume of lava flowing into the ocean from Kapoho Bay has formed a new peninsula in the shallow waters.

According to Mashable, this is the way Hawaiian Islands grow. Unfortunately, the lava has destroyed more than 130 homes in the process.

“This is the usual way in which the island grows laterally,” George Bergantz, a volcanologist at the University of Washington said.

“It is a lava flow, on top of a lava flow, on top of a lava flow.”

The new coastline is reported to be approximately 2.1 kilometres in length so far.


Earlier this week, officials let a number of people back in their homes and reduced emergency as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that was not threatening new areas.

“We have pretty much everything thrown at this event,” since a series of lava cracks began the emergence of cracks in the vicinity of the previous month, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator Talmadge Magno said on Monday.

“Some aspects of it can, however, start on the scale of the volcano somewhat runs in a stable situation.”

His definition of stable means that the lava continues to flow along a path in the direction of the ocean, that is non-threatening new areas. It flowed north and then east in the direction of a community, the lava wiped out the previous week.

Officials are transition to recovery efforts, with the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who begins to do damage assessment, Magno said.

Lava has destroyed more than 600 homes.

There was “not much change” to the lava flow, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Lava was shot into the sky from a guy and there was a “weak” activity at two other clefts, which do not produce much of a flow, and not advancing very far, Babb said.

It is possible that a new gap will open or powerful currents may arise from openings that are inactive.

Magno said extra employees may be called when circumstances change.

In the meantime, there are less workers are needed to staff a 24 hour operations center and officials are reducing the checkpoints, Magno said.

Half of the residents of a subdivision that had been ordered to evacuate after a crack opened on 3 May were allowed to return from the last week. Only residents are allowed there.

The other half of the residents in a more sensitive area to be allowed back during the day if the conditions are safe.

At Kilauea’s summit, there will be explosions that shoot plumes of ash into the sky. There were two small blasts on Monday, one of which after a magnitude-5.4 earthquake, scientists said.

A National Weather Service radar unit has helped to provide data about the height of the ash plumes and the direction of the axis to fall. But the unit has been broken since Thursday.

A part for the repair was expected soon, said Robert Ballard, science and operations officer for the weather service in Honolulu. Axis during the explosions can lead to poor visibility and slippery conditions for drivers.

Another ongoing danger comes from lava meeting the ocean. Scientists warn against the car too close to where the lava into the ocean, saying: it can expose people to the hazards of flying debris.

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