Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Scientists in Hawaii warn of more eruptions from Kiluaea

Scientists in Hawaii warn of more eruptions from Kiluaea

After several weeks of lava spewing from various fissures, Big Island's Kilauea volcano has erupted.

Hoyt, who also happens to be the mayor pro tem of Walsenburg, is one of two Red Cross volunteers now in Hawaii. He landed on the Big Island that evening.

A U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist described the pre-dawn explosive eruption at the summit of Kilauea as "short-lived" and not having a "widespread impact".

A spike in toxic sulphur dioxide gas closed schools around the village of Pahoa, 40 km east of the volcano, where fissures have destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced about 2000 residents to evacuate, health officials said.

"I'm not going to evacuate, we'll shelter in place", she said. He's making sure the hundreds of evacuees that are using the shelter have food and a place to sleep, as well as any comfort they need during the stressful time.

What is happening at Kilauea is fundamentally is dissimilar from that 1980 eruption, experts told.

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Such an eruption could not only shroud large areas of the Big Island in volcanic ash and smog, but also other Hawaiian islands and potentially distant areas if the plume reaches up into the stratosphere and ash is carried by winds. He explained from time to time he can feel the rumblings from the active volcano. "We all live in a circle around this volcano", said Benevides, 55.

Across the Big Island, home to 200,000 residents, people were encouraged to avoid driving in ashfall areas, as the powdered rock makes roads slippery, and not go outdoors unless necessary. Authorities have confirmed the fissure is the 16th to open.

The powerful explosions could hurl "ballistic blocks" the size of small cars across a distance of more than 1 kilometre and shoot pebble-sized projectiles and debris up to a dozen miles, the USGS has warned. That said, he is happy is there to help those in need.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials told about the caldera - the depression at the center of the volcano - dropped more than three feet overnight, which triggering numerous and frequent earthquakes that have cracked highways in the area.

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