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Kilauea Eruption Prompts US Senate Action On Volcano Monitoring

Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano
Deanna Wagner | 18 May, 2018, 14:57

A spike in toxic sulfur dioxide gas closed schools around the village of Pahoa, 25 miles (40 km) east of the volcano, where lava from fissures has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced about 2,000 residents to evacuate.

The latest explosion at Kilauea's summit came shortly after 4 a.m. Hawaii time on Thursday.

Authorities evacuated people from around Kilauea's crater area and urged those in the vicinity of the volcano to take shelter. About it reports the Internet edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

"The sulfur dioxide has been very bad throughout Puna", Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator told CBS News affiliate Hawaii News Now.

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Linda Ugalde, a 20-year resident of Volcano, said she heard and felt nothing, but stepped outside of her home at the Volcano Golf Course subdivision about 10 minutes after the alert to find a film of dark gray ash coating the railing on her lanai and the plants in her garden and yard.

"Ash fall was pretty localised to volcano village area and volcano national park".

But by 1:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. EDT) reported ashfall was limited to only light, wet deposits about 3-4 miles (5-6 km) northwest of the summit, as rain over the volcano curbed the spread of ash. He's concerned ash could drift from the Big Island and affect his asthmatic relatives, including his father, or that earthquakes from the volcanic activity could trigger a tsunami.

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The AP writes: "Geologists have warned that the volcano could become even more violent, with increasing ash production and the potential that future blasts could hurl boulders the size of cows from the summit".

Scientists predicted it would mostly release trapped steam from flash-heated groundwater released as though it was a kitchen pressure cooker.

Neal said a chemical analysis of the lava that's erupted since last week indicated it's from magma that had been stored in the ground since a 1955 eruption.

Self says Kilauea could bring localized damage and injury to the Big Island, but no one knows for how long. An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days.

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.

"There's so many variables".

He said it was an irritant, but "not too bad". "Something will eventually change, like it has over and over and over again".