Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active

Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active

Biggest eruption at Hawaii volcano since it became more active

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed ash almost six miles (9 km) into the sky on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first in a string of more violent explosive eruptions with the next possibly occurring within hours. "If given the opportunity and the call most likely we will head back out".

Thursday's eruption, which occurred before dawn, produced an impressive ash plume, but otherwise caused minimal damage to surrounding areas.

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Then he goes to the Volcano Store, a local gathering spot, where he sat with friends and sipped coffee Thursday morning - a ritual not even Kilauea can be disturb also. But in recent weeks the volcano has turn outed to be restless.

It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighbourhoods.

It was not the big blast scientists have been warning could come from the crater any time, and that threat - of an explosion that could produce flying boulders the size of cows - remained unchanged late Thursday.

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The global airports in Hilo and Kona are open, officials said.

But geologists said the 4:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. EDT) explosion was not particularly large and on a par with the last series of steam-driven blasts, which took place in 1924.

In addition to monitoring the volcano's current activity, researchers are scouring data from Kīlauea's extensive monitoring network - of tiltmeters, seismometers, and ground and aerial gas detectors - in search of any changes that preceded Thursday's event. In fact, Kilauea has actually been erupting on a regular basis since 1983, making it the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, as reported by Esquire. "Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles", the US Geological Survey said.

What is happening at Kīlauea is fundamentally different from that 1980 eruption, experts said.

The volcano has been violently erupting since the beginning of the month, its deadly lava spreading into residential areas. Here, a geologist inspects cracks on the road caused by the volcano.

Other than phreatic eruptions can still pose a deadly threat to anyone near the eruptive vent - which is somehow extremely hard to forecast, Poland stated.

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The area taking the brunt of the eruption is about 25 miles down Kilauea's eastern flank, near the village of Pahoa. Volcanic gas and lava have destroyed 37 homes and structures and prompted the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

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