President Trump Declares Kilauea Eruption A Major Disaster

At Kīlauea when the lava column drops below the water table groundwater may come into contact with with magma or hot rocks causing violent steam explosions
Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Eruption: More Big Island Residents Told Prepared For Evacuation

13 May, 2018

Meanwhile, the Hawaii National Guard jointly with other United States authorities are developing a mass evacuation plan for thousands of Big Island residents in light of a possible explosive eruption of Kilauea volcano, the guard's spokesman told Sputnik.

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island, even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit.

"When you start seeing ferns go brown overnight, it's like, 'Wow, I gotta get out of here, '" said Peters, sitting at a Red Cross evacuation center at a sports center in nearby Pahoa. Officials have confirmed 26 homes have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates.

A new lava fissure has opened up on Hawaii's Big Island in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant.

"Earthquake activity, ground deformation, and continuing high emission rates of sulphur dioxide in the area indicate additional outbreaks of lava are likely as this eruption continues". There were no eruptions overnight, but the O'Neal said the situation is still unstable.

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Kilauea's eruption began last week after the crater floor of a long-active side vent collapsed in a cloud of ash, triggering a plunge in the lava lake inside the larger summit crater.

She said hotter, fresher and gassier magma can result in more voluminous lava flows.

"Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure in the lower East Rift Zone". The observatory said that 15 fissures, which have emerged since May 3, have not produced any lava since Wednesday. Fresher magma may also produce lava fountains that shoot higher into the air and larger, faster-moving lava flows.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a press release earlier on Saturday that US President Donald Trump had approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Hawaii, providing state and local authorities with federal assistance in their recovery efforts in the areas affected by the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

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