Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Volunteers From Colorado Help Volcano Victims In Hawaii

Volunteers From Colorado Help Volcano Victims In Hawaii

"We may have additional larger, powerful events".

Authorities evacuated people from around Kilauea's crater area and urged those in the vicinity of the volcano to take shelter. Laceby says he has sealed up his home and has gas masks to protect from ash.

Some Big Island residents had feared "the big one" after Kilauea shot anvil-sized "ballistic blocks" into the visitors' vehicle park on Wednesday and was rocked by earthquakes that damaged buildings and cracked roads in the park that was closed last week.

Officials expect volcanic activity to continue, citing a similar series of events in 1924 that lasted 2½ weeks.

The National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act unifies existing volcano monitoring systems and creates a national Volcano Watch Office that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to monitor all active volcanoes in the US and its territories, according to Hirono's office.

Historically, Kilauea's rumblings have not been as deadly as other volcanoes around the world, said Steve Malone, an emeritus research professor of volcanology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Earthquakes continue to shake the Big Island, with the most severe at around 8:30 a.m. producing a 4.4 magnitude quake.


Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the state is forming a joint task force that could handle mass evacuations of the Big Island's Puna district if lava from Kilauea volcano covers major roads and isolates the area. Masks for family members are advised as well, but residents near fissures should remember that cloth masks, like those now being distributed for free at certain community centers in the area, will not protect them from risky gases and vapors.

"With stratovolcanoes, when that lava reaches the surface, you get a very sudden expansion of that gas, and this generates a much more violent explosion", Malone said.

PAHOA, HI - MAY 12: Lava flows at a lava fissure in the aftermath of eruptions from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 12, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

It maintained an aviation ban with a code red. They say light, wet ash fell in parts of a town called Volcano, about 3 or 4 miles (5 or 6 kilometers) from the summit crater.

The National Weather Service amended their earlier ashfall advisory to end at noon today instead of 8 a.m. Friday.

News coverage of the Big Island events have been pretty balanced, Tolentino said, but noted that inaccuracies have not helped, especially when a national news outlet reported Oahu residents were forced to evacuate.

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