Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Giant rocks spewing from Hawaii volcano summit

Giant rocks spewing from Hawaii volcano summit

Geologists warn that Kilauea's summit could have a separate explosive steam eruption that would hurl huge rocks and ash miles into the sky, but it's not certain when or if that might actually happen.

Several fissures shot lava into the air on Wednesday but one flow had not advanced any further toward coastal Highway 137, which remains around a mile (1.6 km) distant, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said in a statement.

Ash emissions from the summit at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano decreased, prompting the cancellation Wednesday of an ash fall advisory.

The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The ash isn't toxic but it can irritate the eyes, the nose and airways. The HVO warned the current eruption could become more violent as "ballistic projectiles may be produced should steam-driven explosions occur", but their impact would be limited to the area around the crater. It can make roads slippery, clog drinking water catchment systems common on the island and cause the failure of electrical power lines in large enough quantities, said USGS chemist David Damby.

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Dr. Nair says students will still be visiting Hawaii's active volcanoes, but they'll be studying the Kilauea from a distance.

"We had a big list of things to do and maybe 80 per cent of them were in the national park", he said, after stopping by the side of the road to watch ash plumes rising into the air.

Lava has burst from 21 giant ground cracks or fissures and torn through housing developments and farmland, threatening two highways that are exit routes for coastal areas.

Authorities on Tuesday announced the 20 fissure had opened in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision adjacent to Leilani Estates.

There have been no major injuries or deaths reported from the eruption. "[National Weather Service] radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions", USGS said.

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