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Hawaii volcano threatens to cut off more residents

16 May, 2018, 11:23 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Before and after: Satellite images show devastation of the Leilani Estates neighborhood from Hawaii volcano

Officials on the Big Island of Hawaii say some vents formed by Kilauea volcano are releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that the gas poses an immediate danger to anyone nearby.

Leilani Estates residents have been allowed to return during the day to inspect property and remove belongings.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms a new fissure has opened Tuesday in Lanipuna Gardens Subdvisions northeast of fissure 19.

Since the Kilauea volcano erupted May 3, it's been one nightmare after another for residents in the southeast part of the Big Island. Scientists say the volcano might soon shoot out boulders and ash from its summit crater.

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed Wednesday, May 16, 2018, due to the potential ash fall and risky driving conditions.

USGS warns the volcano can become more explosive with little warning.

"Ash has been rising nearly constantly from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest". Most of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano.

Ash fall and volcanic air pollution have been reported in Pahala, about 28 kilometres downwind.

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A shift in winds was expected to bring ash and vog inland on Wednesday and make them more concentrated, said John Bravender of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

During the call, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Steve Brantley talked about the activity going on in the two different locations.

This is what the volcano looked like this week, with a steady push of smoke and ash into the sky.

The Geological survey are reporting that NWS radar and pilot reports shows that the top of the ash cloud is 10,000-12,000 feet above sea level.

"Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation", the observatory said.

With members of the National Guard in the foreground, volcanic gases rise from active fissures near Pahoa, Hawaii. It is the first time the alert has been issued since Kilauea began erupting again 12 days ago, according to Reuters.

Residents of Leilani Estates, the neighbourhood on Hawaii's Big Island, were evacuated last month given its proximity to the epicenter of the volcano.

The USGS changed its aviation color code for the area to red. It can cost more than US$3000 (NZ$4400) a year. Lava has destroyed more than 40 structures, including two dozen homes. There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.

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