Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

Flying Lava Bombs From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Could Spark Mass Evacuation

Flying Lava Bombs From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Could Spark Mass Evacuation

Authorities said the volcano has produced almost 20 active lava fissures and destroyed more than two dozen homes.

Authorities in Hawaii have scrambled to move tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable chemicals from the path of lava, and the state's governor has warned mass evacuations might be needed as the Kilauea volcano's eruption became more violent.

The American Red Cross said 500 people sought refuge in its shelters on Sunday night because of worsening volcanic activity.

Two more fissures opened in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 19.

They say their analysis, combined with data collected by other scientists, will help the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory better understand the progression of the current eruption and predict future eruptions. A similar seismic event in 1955 lasted 88 days, he said. The Hawaii County Civil Defense said the warning applies near the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens as well as some of the neighboring farm lots.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea is located, said yesterday it would close most of the park on Friday due to the threat of a possible explosive eruption. The possibility exists, however, that water may not be entering the crater, as feared, and gas and steam may be safely venting, scientists said.

Big Island authorities said the eruption effects just 10 percent of the island, so there's plenty to see and do without having to go near the red hot rivers of lava that continue to crawl their way out of fishers on the slopes of Kilauea.

"So far those explosions have not occurred, and I think the key here is that the vent system is an open one, therefore pressure is not being built or developed down at the top of the lava column", Mr Brantley said.

All of this comes because the Huge Island tourism board estimates the realm has been hit with $5 million value of cancellations from Could by means of July, including that there was "an instantaneous affect" after Kilauea first erupted on Could 3.

Magma is draining out of the volcano's sinking lava pool and flowing underground tens of miles eastward before bursting to the surface on Kilauea's eastern flank in the lower Puna area.

Tourism on the island generated $2.5 billion in revenue past year. Board government director Ross Birch informed The Related Press that that is the "first leak we're seeing out of the bucket".

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