USGS raised threat level of Kileuea Volcano to RED WARNING

May 16, 2018, 11:22
USGS raised threat level of Kileuea Volcano to RED WARNING

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is still rumbling, and the U.S. Geological Survey just upped the area's aviation alert level.

An aviation red alert means a volcanic eruption is under way that could spew ash along aircraft routes, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says on its website.

Kilauea could become more explosive, according to the USGS.

The northeast tradewinds were persistent today at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, so ash was only blown southwest.

It comes as webcams placed near the edge of the Kilauea volcano, which have been refreshing every few minutes, showed gases and scorching lava spluttering out as fissures continue to form after more than a week of continuous eruptions.

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The lava was moving at a rate of about 20 yards an hour, or.01 miles per hour, in the direction of the ocean, said the agency in a release. Authorities have confirmed the fissure is the 16th to open.

That prompted officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit.

"Ash has been rising nearly constantly from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest".

Earlier, the USGS expressed concern pent-up steam could cause a violent explosive eruption at the volcano crater, launching a 20,000-foot plume that could spread debris over 12 miles.

Kilauea, lava flows, fissures, and science with Larry Beil A new fissure emitting steam and lava spatter spurred Hawaii officials to call for more evacuations this past Sunday as residents braced for an expected eruption from the Kilauea volcano.

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In Hilo, Sandra Barnes told Fox News that she'd seen the ash cloud mid-morning between Pahoa and Volcano, Hawaii. The ash cloud is now measuring up to 3650 metres in the air.

Almost 20 fissures have opened since the Kilauea volcano started erupting 12 days ago. Officials have confirmed 35 structures have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates.

The ash threatened Ka'u district, which is about 30 miles south west of the volcano, whereas poisonous fuel added to the hazard going through residents, whose escape routes are threatened with closure due to lava flows, officers stated.

Scorching lava has already swallowed dozens of homes and vehicles.

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