Kilauea Eruption Fires Up Hawaii

Upon researching hazardous disasters, I was personally drawn to the recent eruption that took place on March 5, 2011, on the volcano Kilauea, one of the five volcanoes that are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, so eruptions are fairly regular, and according to the Mother Nature Network, “periodic eruptions of the volcano have destroyed 213 homes since the volcano emerged from a period of dormancy in 1983”. According to the NASA Earth Observatory, the March 5th eruption was caused by the opening of a new fissure, which allowed for lava to burst 160 feet in the air. The lava flowed down the slope for four days until finally stopping. The effects of the eruption have included a wildfire that has burned 2,000 acres of land caused by the hot lava. The fire burned about 7 miles Southeast of the Kilauea Visitor Center, and efforts to stop the fire included dropping water on the hot spots from helicopters. It is crucial that the fire be stopped so that it does not destroy too much of the rainforest which inhabits unique wildlife of the Hawaiian Island.

Kathryn F

“Volcanic Activity at Kilauea : Natural Hazards.” NASA Earth Observatory : Home. Web. 19 Apr. 2011.

Wulfhorst, Ellen, and Jorene Barut. “Hawaii Wildfire Spreads, Nears Protected Rain Forest.” Mother Nature Network. Glick Interactive, 23 Mar. 2011. Web. 19 Apr. 2011.

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