Watch the explosion that occurs when lava pours into the ocean

Watch the explosion that occurs when lava pours into the ocean

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory warned residents to avoid the ocean entry area, as it continued to produce large plumes of lava.

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

"This is the hottest lava we've seen during this eruption", Wendy Stovall, a scientist with USGS told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Scientists say the blasts happened Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 quake.

A spokesperson for Hawaii County Civil Defence said: "What used to be the bay is now all lava bed, new land, nearly a mile out into the ocean".

The USGS said fountaining from fissure 8 reached as high as about 200 feet Saturday, and there was some minor lava activity from fissures 16 and 18.

Many people whose homes have been destroyed don't have insurance, and FEMA officials are working with local authorities to get disaster assistance to those who qualify.

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Bob Fenton, FEMA administrator for the region, said assessments are taking place to determine if renters and homeowners will be eligible for individual FEMA assistance, which would offer payouts averaging $4,000 and maxing out at $34,000.

At least 12,000 earthquakes on Hawaii's Big Island in the last 30 days.

The lava is also creating laze - lava haze - a deadly mix of hydrochloric acid fumes, steam and tiny specks of volcanic glass, created when lava hits the ocean.

The eruption has also had a toll on the area's tourism industry, with many afraid to travel to the island.

To date, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and forced close to 400 people into emergency shelters.

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