Geologists warned on Wednesday (09) that the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii could soon go through explosive eruptions on its summit and throw large rocks and ashes into the air. The threat of explosive activity will increase as the lava is drained from the summit of the Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and explosions are possible in the next few weeks if the lava falls below the surface of the groundwater, said the US geological Survey (USGS). If the lava falls below the level of the groundwater, it could heat the water and create steam. Steam could accumulate pressure as the rocks fell and formed a dam within the walls of the volcano and ' cause steam blasts with ' very little warning ', said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The volcano could then eject ' ballistic rocks ' from lava up to several meters in diameter, said the USGS. You can also send stones in the air several kilometers away. The HVO said to the Star-Advertiser:
The debris expelled during these explosions could impact the area around Halema ' a ʻ u. And the dome of the Kilauea.
There could also be potential for the emissions of ash and sulphur dioxide. Ash can cause eye irritation and respiration, reduce visibility and interfere with electrical lines, reported the Los Angeles Times. So far, the eruption has destroyed 36 structures since it began releasing lava from fissures that opened in a neighborhood of the Great island, about 40 miles east of the ridge crater. Through Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens, they said Hawaii authorities. Separately, the Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, said the Puna power plant at geothermal Venture near the lava surge was accelerating the removal of the site of about 50,000 gallons of stored pentane, a flammable gas. It would be ' very, very dangerous ' if a volcanic fissure were opened under the facility where the fuel is stored, the governor said. He expected everything to be removed by Thursday. The explosive conditions resemble the eruption of the Kilauea in 1924, which killed a person and expelled stones, ashes and dust in the air for 17 days, said Tina Neal, scientist in charge of the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory. No one lives in the immediate area of the crater. But people continued to visit the National Park of the Volcanoes of Hawaii, which includes the crater and the surrounding region. The park will be evacuated before the conditions worsen, authorities said. Almost 2,000 residents were ordered to evacuate the neighborhoods near the openings, but some ignored the order and continued to monitor their property. Authorities were door-to-door at Lanipuna to get people out of their homes on Tuesday. Source) Let's hope the volcano calms down without causing any further damage.