HILO, Hawaii – A new volcanic fissure opened up Monday on Hawaii’s Big Island — bringing the total up to 19 — as fears continue to grow that one of the world’s most active volcanos is headed toward a major eruption.
Hawaii Civil Defense officials said the new fissure was located near the Lanipuna Garden Estates area, a northeastern side closest to the geothermal plant on the Big Island. The latest fissure is between fissures 15 and 16.
Civil Defense officials added that fissure 17, which opened over the weekend, is still active.
“A narrow lava flow has been generated and is slowly moving toward the ocean, which is about two miles away,” the agency said. “There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.”
The new fissures over the past two days only add to the concern already building that a violent explosion may be yet to come. The next explosion could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles skyward, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all directions.