Hawaii Volcano Eruption and aftermath; dramatic visuals inside

12 May, 2018, 23:12 | Author: Angel Logan
  • The Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua spews lava and ash in Cahuaji about 80 miles south of Quito in February 2016. Authorities raised the alert level from yellow to orange after the volcano increased its activity and projected a column of ash 3 miles high

Now they've cancelled their trip. She's anxious potential flight disruptions would strand them on the island.

In April, floods on Kauai Island made travelers nervous.

"As much as ... lava itself moves slowly, there are other hazards as well, such as the gas [and] the ash", said Johnson, who previously worked at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at Kilauea as part of a research fellowship.

US President Trump declared a major disaster in the Kilauea island of Hawaii days after series of quake and volcanic eruption. But on Thursday, there were signs it could soon explode and widen the disaster. Ige estimates that the costs to protect residents could exceed $2.9 million over the next month.

Two subdivisions were ordered to evacuate last week after lava oozed from cracks in the ground, burning down some two dozen homes.

"As more fissures open and toxic gas exposure increases, the potential of a larger scale evacuation increases".

The threat of violent explosions prompted authorities to close the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Friday until further notice. Experts said an explosion wouldn't be deadly as long as people steer clear of areas immediately near the volcano.

However, the immediate vicinity around the summit, an area controlled by the National Park Service, was to be closed to visitors indefinitely, starting on Thursday night.

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. However, earthquakes continue and additional fissure outbreaks are expected.

George Szigeti the CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the agency that promotes Hawaii to the world, said Kilauea is being monitored around the clock in order to provide the public with the best information. The plant has been shut down, and workers are trucking away 60,000 gallons of flammable liquids. And with new fissures opening closer to the edge of the plant, residents are getting even more anxious. Rockfalls into the crater are generating small ash clouds, but active eruption and spatter has paused along the lower flanks overnight-yet could still restart at any time.

Workers are moving the fuel to an industrial park about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) away.

The plant, which is owned by Ormat Technologies of Reno, Nevada, is across a highway from where lava has been erupting.

It sits on the edge of Leilani Estates, one of the areas where almost 2,000 residents have been forced to evacuate as Kilauea continues to spew lava. Some two dozen homes have burned.

As a lava lake at Kilauea's summit drains inside the volcano, magma is running underground. As Maddie Stone at Eartherreports, the summit crater is fed by a larger chamber of magma beneath the volcano via a narrow passageway.

Diagram explains explosive eruptions of volcanoes.

Volcanologists believe these explosions happen when a lava lake - a large volume of molten lava often contained in a crater or volcanic vent - drops and groundwater is able to seep into the resulting shaft, or lava tube.

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