Hawaii volcano eruption: MIGHTY explosions to continue as US prepares to deploy MILITARY

Thursday, May 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

HAWAII volcano Kilauea has the National Guard prepared to be deployed from Texas to evacuate thousands of locals threatened by the unstoppable flow of lava as experts warn “mightily explosive activities” are expected to continue.

Thu, May 17, 2018

Hawaii volcano Kilauea is spewing rivers of lava that have unleashed a path of destruction across the Eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Keele University geologist Dr Ralf Gertisser warned “mightily explosive activity” is expected to continue as Kilauea sputters ash clouds 12,000 feet into the atmosphere.

Dr Gertisser said: “I believe the eruption of Kilauea will continue, we will continue to see lava flow emissions along the East rift zone.

“We will continue to see mightily explosive activity or ash emissions in the summit area: sometimes they will be a bit stronger, sometimes they will be less strong but it is likely that this activity is continuing.”

The academic also said that the ash clouds pose a risk to both flights and people on the ground due to debris being hurled into the air.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said in a statement microwave-sized “ballistic blocks” had been recovered after being propelled out of Kilauea – sparking fears of an imminent explosive eruption.

Dr Gertisser continued: “Any explosive activity at Kilauea must be regarded as unusual because predominantly the activity is effusive.

“Recently the alert level was raised to the highest level largely because of these ash emissions at the summit. The ash emissions were up to 3 to 4 km into the atmosphere and pose a hazard to flights and minor hazard to people on the ground from ash fall.”

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