Volcano observatory warns of further 'explosive eruptions' in Hawaii

The Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua spews lava and ash in Cahuaji about 80 miles south of Quito in February 2016. Authorities raised the alert level from yellow to orange after the volcano increased its activity and projected a column of ash 3 miles high

The Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua spews lava and ash in Cahuaji about 80 miles south of Quito in February 2016. Authorities raised the alert level from yellow to orange after the volcano increased its activity and projected a column of ash 3 miles high

They view their trip as a once in a lifetime opportunity. "Why did they let people build all around it?" she asked.

"Everyone comes here", she said.

On the Island of Hawaii, these are Maunaloa and Kilauea. "Lots and lots of tremors", said Cindy Conda, whose house lies just east of Leilani Estates where 27 homes have been torched by lava in the last eight days and whose residents have all been evacuated.

In Pahoa, the nearest village to Kilauea, some schools remained closed after the area was hit last week by a 6.9 magnitude natural disaster, the biggest since 1975.

Since the quake, there have been frequent aftershocks. It would be "very, very hazardous" if a volcanic vent opened under the facility where the fuel is stored, the governor said. It has destroyed 36 structures, including 26 homes.

The danger zone from such a blast could extend about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the summit, land that all falls within the national park, Mandeville said.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has cautioned about the possibility of an explosive eruption at Halemaʻumaʻu.

Dr Margaret Mangan, a volcano researcher for USGS, said an eruption comparable - or worse - than the one blighting Hawaii could be possible in California.

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However, the immediate vicinity around the summit, an area controlled by the National Park Service, was to be closed to visitors indefinitely, starting on Thursday night. Officials with the national park around the volcano announced that it would close because of the risks. Coney is anticipating more depending on what happens. Fresher magma could now emerge behind it.

Kilauea can, however, experience more violent events as a result of something called a phreatomagmatic explosion, which occurs when searing hot magma interacts with water, sending ash and rock spewing into the sky. "In general, PDCs move too quickly for people to escape, and death is nearly certain for those caught by a PDC", Brown and her colleagues explain. Since last week, lava has been siphoning away for the volcano's summit, breaking through the ground in the 15 fissures.

The CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the agency that markets Hawaii to the world, said Kilauea is being monitored around the clock to provide the public with the best information.

State lawmakers are considering holding a special session to help those affected on the Big Island.

Many of those fishing at Clear Lake say, this volcano has been quiet for so long, they didn't even realize it was there.

"We have unbelievable Realtors with a fantastic work ethic and community spirit", said Kehaulani Costa, executive director of the Hawaii Island Realtors.

"With that said, we are still in a period of significant potential aftershocks, so there is the possibility of certainly a large felt natural disaster", Neal noted. "And we don't want to seem callous and inconsiderate in our messaging and our promotion of the island", he said.

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