Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Eruption: More Big Island Residents Told Prepared For Evacuation

Erika Holt
May 13, 2018

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

"Many of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano".

Geologists are now warning that a possible explosion of the summit could be the largest in over 100 years. If more rocks and boulders fall into the crater, it could create a blockage and pressurize steam as the lava reaches groundwater levels.

"Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes in Hawaii County", the government said in a statement late Friday. Rocks "the size of cows" could be hurled as far as 800 meters from the site of the blast, according to one expert who spoke to local media.

USGS scientist Tina Neal at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has been posting regular video updates. "There are other communities, other residential neighborhoods that could, depending on the evolution of activity, be in harm's way".

The funding was disbursed to the Hawaii authorities after Governor David Ige signed a disaster declaration request on Wednesday.

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Hawaii police said they arrested Alexandru Stingu-Dragomir, 29, on suspicion he burgled four houses in Leilani Estates after the mayor declared an emergency the area on last week.

Volcanic smog may be blowing hundreds of miles from Kilauea, with people on the streets of state capital Honolulu, around 210 miles (340 km) northwest on the island of Oahu, complaining it was "very voggy" on Friday.

"Does that hat protect against vog?" one surfer was heard quipping to another about the floppy sun hat he was wearing.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded more than two dozen earthquakes in the area near the east coast of the Big Island on Saturday alone.

"It's like our version of a snow day - a lava day", joked Markoff.

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