Scientists: Explosive eruption risk rises for Hawaii volcano

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The over dozen fissures - linear vents which spread out like fingers from a volcano - that have emerged since, are ejecting hot steam and noxious gases and lava fountains as high as 330 feet into the air.

Lava has destroyed at least 36 structures and covered more than 115 acres.

The statement added: "No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to risky volcanic gases".

Sulfur dioxide gas and other air pollutants emitted from Kilauea volcano react with oxygen, atmospheric moisture and sunlight to produce volcanic smog and acid rain, according to the US Geological Survey.

Field crews are onsite in the Leilani Estates area this morning examining the fissure vents and searching for any signs of new or resumed activity.

A man suspected of burglarizing homes in a neighborhood affected by the erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has been arrested, police said.

Don Swanson, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the magma is likely to drop below the water table around the middle of the month. He and other native Hawaiians say the plant desecrates traditional beliefs and angers Pele, the goddess of fire, who lives at the summit crater. She said the lava lake looks similar to conditions seen before a major summit eruption in 1924.

Steam and gas rise from Kilauea's summit crater in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. "When you've got that, it is Pele's method of clearing home and restoring the place".

Photographs from that time show the ash cloud rising miles into the sky.

This event - beautiful, destructive, frightening - also presents a moment for all of us to appreciate the vast power of the forces that never cease shaping our planet.


If the volcano blows its stack, communities about 2 miles (3 kilometers) away could be showered with pea-size rocks or dusted with nontoxic ash, said Tina Neal, scientist-in-charge at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

"The earthquakes that we get at volcanoes can tell us an very bad lot of what the magma is doing as it's moving through the rocks", Johnson told CBC News.

According to a USGS statement released nearly two hours after, the explosion was caused by a rock falling into the lava lake.

In little greater than every week, the highest of the lava lake has gone from spilling over the crater to almost 970 toes (295 meters) beneath the floor as of Thursday morning, Mandeville mentioned.

And while no one knows when the next eruption will happen in California, the USGS says Californians should be aware of the dangers, just as they are aware of the danger of earthquakes.

"The magma is a constantly changing system. we can not see below the surface to actually look at what is going on", says Krippner.

At the current rate of change, that is about six or seven days away. The magma would heat the water and create steam.

Until recently, the biggest threats from the volcano were this slow-moving lava inundation and inhaling the hazardous sulfur dioxide released from the molten rock.

The town, which is nestled in a lush rainforest a few miles from the crater, is a popular overnight spot for park visitors.

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