Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Explosive morning on Kilauea

Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption launches plume of ash 9100 metres into the sky
Patty Aguilar | 18 May, 2018, 12:32

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.

The volcano.it's a real dynamic situation up there. we could have additional events like this morning that punch up and then die back down really quickly. we could have more sustained ash.

"I'm not too anxious about it because I've lived here so long and I've seen it go through lots of different episodes", Hughes said. Ash plumes on Tuesday had spouted as high as 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) into the air, scientists said.

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.

Free N95 masks will be distributed as from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m.at Cooper Center in Volcano, Pahala Community Center, Na'alehu Community Center and at the Shipman Park Pavilion in Kea'au.

Geologists had warned that a chain of explosive eruptions could begin once Kilauea's falling lava lake descended below the water table, allowing water to run on to the top of the lava column and create steam-driven blasts. This new eruption has launched a thick gray plume of ash and dust towering about 30,000 feet or around 9.1 kilometers into the sky, followed by a rain of dust and small rocks on a nearby town.

Epic Lava tour operator John Tarson is an early-riser who was awake and says he only knew about it because an alert came in on his phone.

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Residents are advised to shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume. Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station shared photos of their view of the massive smoke plume on Hawaii's Big Island.

Kilauea has had greater than 60 recorded eruptions within the present cycle, in keeping with the U.S. Geological Survey, and has been erupting on a steady foundation since 1983.

"Volcanic eruptions, like the one in Hawaii and the one earlier this month at Cleveland Volcano in Alaska, are vivid reminders of why it is so critical to have continuous and reliable monitoring systems", U.S. Sen.

It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighbourhoods. Yet for others, the explosions at Halemaumau Crater and multiple fissures and lava flows in Leilani Estates hit close to home - even if ocean and islands separate them.

USGS officials said last week they expected the possibility of steam-driven explosions at Kilauea.

The crater spewing ash sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11 as a safety precaution over risks of a violent eruption.

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