No damage from quake triggered by minor volcano explosion

More Small Blasts from Hawaii Volcano

More Small Blasts from Hawaii Volcano

Latest updates from USGS at 09:32 pm BST said: "A line of closely spaced vents at Fissure 8 are continuing to erupt producing fountains reaching heights up to 160 feet, just higher than the spatter cone around them".

U.S. Geological Survey and Hawaii County Civil Defense reports said lava overflowed the channel for several hours near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, though nearly none of the overspill extended beyond hardened lava previously laid down since the eruption in Puna's lower East Rift Zone began May 3 in the middle of the residential subdivision. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water.

Fissure 8 continued to feed a vigorous channelized lava flow to the east of the vent on Saturday morning.

The Hawaii eruption, with high walls of slow-moving lava, has engulfed about 600 homes since May 3, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said last week. A 5.3-magnitude quake accompanied the latest eruption.

His definition of stable means that lava continues to flow along a path toward the ocean that isn't threatening additional areas.

Residents should avoid the resulting laze plume.

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Mr Kim also warned locals FEMA would not be able to provide help for reconstructions to everyone as the agency differentiates between residences and holiday homes.

"There is no magic wand for this event", said Robert Fenton, a FEMA administrator.

Hawaii is still enduring the devastating effects of the erupting Kilauea Volcano on its Big Island.

That amount of lava could fill 45,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools and more than 11 million dump trucks, and it could cover Manhattan Island to a depth of more than six feet.

Eruptions on the Big Island started May 3, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

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