Netizen 24 GBR: BREAKING: Volcano EXPLOSIVE eruption shoots ash 30000 feet into air

By On May 17, 2018

BREAKING: Volcano EXPLOSIVE eruption shoots ash 30000 feet into air

A dusty plume of ash has been sent 300,000 feet into the sky.

Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey, confirmed the explosion on Thursday.

It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighborhoods.

Those areas were evacuated as lava destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.

The crater sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11.

Kilauea volcano Hawaii eruption

ERUPTION: Lava shoots into the night sky on the lower east rift of the Kilauea volcano

Officials have said they didn't expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of park.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes.

An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days.

The volcano has been erupting for 10 days, and more than 2000 residents have already been evacuated.

A lava flow moving on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates in Hawaii A lava flow moving on Makamae Street in Leilani Estates in Hawaii

“At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,” the USGS sai d on Tuesday afternoon.

The USGS also raised the volcano aviation alert level at Hawaii’s Kilauea to red â€" the highest level - which indicates a “major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air”.

A recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater “has raised the potential for explosive eruptions” at the volcano, the organisation said.

Plumes of smoke are reaching up to 12,000 feet into the sky and ash is raining on to nearby towns.

On Wednesday, The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded a lava temperature of 217 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mount St Helen's erupts, in Washington State, 1980 Mount St Helens erupts, in Washington State, 1980

“The lava is two miles from Highway 137 and it's travelling at 100 yards per hour in a narrow flow”

National Guard

Some of the vents in the volcano are now reportedly releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that it's posing a grave danger to anyone nearby.

A spokesman from the National Guard told AP on Tuesday morning nearly 20 fissures had opened on the volcano and lava was spewing towards a major highway.

“[The lava is] two miles from Highway 137 and it's travelling at 100 yards per hour in a narrow flow,” he said.

Fountains of magma spouted 'lava bombs' more than 100 feet into the air as the molten rock traveled east-southeast towards the coastal road, the Hawaiian Vo lcano Observatory said.

Earlier, the USGS expressed concern pent-up steam could cause a violent explosive eruption at the volcano crater, launching a 20,000-foot plume that could spread debris over 12 miles.

Some of the vents in the volcano are now reportedly releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that it's posing a grave danger to anyone nearby.

A spokesman from the National Guard told AP on Tuesday morning nearly 20 fissures had opened on the volcano and lava was spewing towards a major highway.

“[The lava is] two miles from Highway 137 and it's travelling at 100 yards per hour in a narrow flow,” he said.

Fountains of magma spouted 'lava bombs' more than 100 feet into the air as the molten rock traveled east-southeast towards the coastal road, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Earlier, the USGS expressed concern pent-up steam could cause a violent explosive eruption at the volcano crater, launching a 20,000-foo t plume that could spread debris over 12 miles.

Scientists had expected such explosions by the middle of this month as Kilauea's lava lake fell below the water table.

The possibility exists, however, that water may not be entering the crater, as feared, and gas and steam may be safely venting, scientists said.

“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,” Brantley told a conference call.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.

It’s one of five volcanoes that comprise the Big Island of Hawaii, and the only one currently erupting.

Scientists had expected such explosions by the middle of this month as Kilauea's lava lake fell below the water table.

The possibility exists, however, that water may not be entering the crater, as feared, and gas and steam may be safely venting, scientists said.

“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,” Brantley told a conference call.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.

It’s one of five volcanoes that comprise the Big Island of Hawaii, and the only one currently erupting.

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