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We haven’t seen anything like this since Hawaii first became a state back in 1959. HAWAII’s Big Island has been rocked by over 12,000 earthquakes in the past 30 days according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), far outstripping the island’s monthly average of 1,000 quakes.
Kilauea began erupting on May 3rd, and it hasn’t stopped rumbling yet. In fact, authorities are telling us that Hawaii has been struck by “over 12,000 earthquakes” during the last 30 days.
That is an extraordinary amount of shaking, and many are now becoming concerned that fundamental physical changes are happening to the islands.
As one USGS official has noted, we have never seen earthquakes happen on the Big Island with this sort of frequency ever before…
While most of the earthquakes have been relatively mild at magnitude 2 or 3, the largest earthquake was a massive 6.9 magnitude tremor on May 4, along with a 5.4 magnitude quake on June 4 and a M5.2 today.
Brian Shiro, a supervisory geophysicist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the island was witnessing the highest rate of quakes ever measured at the summit.
The following video is compilation from a helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on June 6, 2018, around 6:30 AM. The video shows the fissure 8 lava fountain feeding a channelized lava flow that travels northeast around the Kapoho cone, and then flows toward the south to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay and Vacationland. The ocean entry has completely filled Kapoho Bay with lava, building a delta that extends 0.8 miles from shore:
Besides the 12,000 earthquakes here some other impressive numbers from the 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption:
- The tallest ash plume at the summit of Kilauea volcano reached 30,000 feet above sea level, the USGS says.
- At least 117 homes had earlier been reported destroyed in the four weeks since lava began flowing. Overnight Monday, “hundreds” more were destroyed in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland. The number is sure to grow because assessments aren’t finished, Magno said.
- About 7.7 square miles are covered by lava, which is about 0.2% of Hawaii Island
- The highest lava fountain measured so far has reached 250 feet. That’s a lot of lava, but flow volumes can be extraordinarily difficult to measure.
At the same time, the people of Guatemala are calling the latest eruption of the Fuego volcano “one of the biggest in 500 years”. The colossal avalanche of super-heated mud, rock and ash buried and asphyxiated more than a hundred of people. Meanwhile 200 others are missing.
Two explosive volcanos have caused devastation in the recent days. Guatemala’s Volcano eruption killed at least a hundred people and left more than one million affected. Meanwhile, Kilauea’s volcano has been in a slow destruction of physical structures over the past month. What makes them different?
Something is happening to our planet. Large earthquakes and major volcanic eruptions are getting always stronger and with increasing frequency, and this could have dramatic implications for our immediate future. Despite all of our advanced technology, we are very much at the mercy of these enormous natural disasters.
Be prepared! Get ready!
Earth In Travail: Hawaii Has Been Hit By More Than 12,000 Earthquakes Over The Last 30 Days
At least 12,000 earthquakes on Hawaii’s Big Island in the last 30 days
Hawaii volcano eruption LATEST: Hawaii ROCKED by 12,000 EARTHQUAKES in past 30 days