Hawaii volcano forms cone about same height as Aloha Tower

  • FILE - This July 15, 2009, file photo shows the Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu. The Hawaii island volcano that’s been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of Aloha Tower. U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday, July 2, 2018, that the cone is 180 feet (55 meters) high at its tallest point. Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet. The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the Big Island. (AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni, File)

  • This June 30, 2018 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows fountains from the fissure 8 spatter cone continuing to supply lava to an open channel above the former village of Kapoho on the island of Hawaii. The spatter cone is now about 180 feet (55 meters) tall at its highest point, with fountaining rarely rising above the rim of the spatter cone. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

HONOLULU — The Hawaii volcano that’s been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists said Monday the cone is 180 feet (55 meters) high at its tallest point. Honolulu Harbor’s Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet.

The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the Big Island.

Scientists call it Fissure 8 because it was the eighth vent to open during the eruption. It’s feeding a river of lava that’s flowing downhill to the ocean.

The eruption has destroyed over 600 homes since May 3. Thousands of residents have had to evacuate.

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