Hawaii Volcano Could Have Explosive Eruption

Mount Kilauea's violent new eruptions in Hawaii puzzle scientists

As fissures continue to open in Puna and lava travels downslope toward the sea, the chance for "explosive eruptions" at Halemaumau Crater on the summit of the volcano will rise in the coming weeks. Officials declined to say exactly where the pentane will be stored after it is relocated.

The steam may construct in stress as rocks fall and kind a dam inside the volcano's partitions and "trigger steam-driven explosions" with "little or no warning", the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) informed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. At that point, steam pressure builds then explodes. If you're within several miles, you could be within range of smaller rocks the size of marbles, he said, and 20 miles downwind "you would see fine ash floating from the sky like snow".

High levels of acidic particles in vog "can induce asthma attacks, especially in adolescents, and can also impede the ability of the upper respiratory tract to remove other potentially harmful particles", it says. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency stated in an alert, "Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely high levels of unsafe Sulfur Dioxide gas detected in the evacuation area". They can drift far from the eruption and hang in the air.

Along with lava and volcanic ash spewing from the ground, fissures are emitting high levels of toxic Sulphur gases that react with oxygen, moisture and sunlight. He said the gas smells like rotten eggs and mentioned that the air is safe as long as the wind is blowing in the opposite direction. "Last night I had to leave I was choking. and just trying to get out to the. fresh air down the coast".

In the Leilani Estates subdivision, police went door-to-door Tuesday to roust residents near two new volcanic vents emitting risky gases in areas where lava has poured into streets and backyards. It is located in the Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian Island chain. But some had ignored the order and stayed to watch over their property.

Officers found a number of people still at their residences but there were no sign of holdouts later, said Talmadge Magno, administrator for Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The 13th and 14th vent erupted Tuesday in the Leilani Estates area, where roughly 1,700 residents were asked to evacuate last week. Leilani Estates residents have been allowed to return during the day to inspect property and remove belongings.

A fissure erupts near the intersection of Kahukai Street and Leilani Avenue in Leilani Estates, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii.

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About 104 acres (42 hectares) of land have been covered with lava since Thursday.

Northway said there hadn't been an eruption that spread lava in the area where she lives, in 300 years. But the flow of lava is not constant.

Kelena Kealoha fled the California wildfires for his dream home in Hawaii. "I've never experienced lava consuming all of my possessions before. I mean there is every emotion under the sun that you can think of that happens in times of crisis like we are having".

Amber Makuakane's home is already gone.

"If we lose our farm, we don't know where we're going to go".

Scientists have no real prediction as to when or where the lava will flow - or when it will end.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said county, state and federal partners would continue to monitor the situation and inform the public should further safety concerns arise.

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