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USGS: Potential for Explosive Volcanic Eruption Rises on Hawaii's Big Island

USGS: Potential for Explosive Volcanic Eruption Rises on Hawaii's Big Island

Lava emerges from the ground after Kilauea Volcano erupted, on Hawaii's Big Island May 3, 2018, in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

For people with asthma and other respiratory problems, "the effects are much more serious, causing a tightening of the airways in the lungs and making it very hard to breathe", the university says.

"At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue", the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in an update on Wednesday.

But scientists remain uncertain what caused Kilauea's latest buildup of molten rock and why the magma traveled so far underground to create new ground vents "when it had two release valves" already at the summit crater and at Pu'u 'O'o, said Michael Garcia, a volcano expert at the University of Hawaii.

Scientists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say that if the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath KÄ«lauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions.

Kilauea is the world's most active volcano and has been in near-constant eruption since 1983. While not necessarily life-threatening, someone breathing in vog will experience headaches and lung irritation.

If it rains where vog has collected, acid rain would result.

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There is a forecast of more eruptions from the volcano in the near future. Additionally, there are short and long-term effects the rain can have.

Geologists cautioned that Kilauea's past explosions had been relatively small on a global scale, and while ash from the volcano posed a nuisance as an eye and respiratory irritant, it was not a serious health hazard.

In the short term, the gases in the air that cause acid rain have the largest impact on asthma sufferers and those in more high-risk groups, like the elderly. There's still a fair amount of magma underneath the neighbourhood, Ms Neal said.

There is smoke and toxic gases spread all over the island. Fortunately, acid rain is not as unsafe as it sounds. "Tests confirmed that the blood of some residents of these homes had elevated lead levels". Residents should be careful about their drinking water because they might not know if it's been contaminated following acid rain. The roads are having cracks due to the earthquakes and the lava is finding its way out from the cracks.

The Puna Geothermal Venture plant has about 50,000 gallons (189,270 liters) of pentane on site but he expected this would all be removed by the end of the day Thursday.

Despite the activity, Leilani Estates residents were allowed back into their subdivision again today, from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m., to retrieve items and check on their properties.

After a spokesperson for the county of Hawaii's Mayor, last week, said the surrounding area is so toxic [because of sulfur dioxide gas] that even first responders are finding it hard to move without protective equipment. At least 36 structures - including 26 residences - have been destroyed since then.


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