Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

Hawaii volcano: Eruption expected after USGS red warning for Kilauea issued in USA | World | News

USGS says the red warning is for increased ash emission from the volcano summit.

The Geological survey are reporting that NWS radar and pilot reports shows that the top of the ash cloud is 10,000-12,000 feet above sea level.

Ash fall and vog is being reported in Pahala.

The red warning means an eruption is imminent or suspected with hazardous activity.

Kilauea could become more explosive, according to the USGS.

It said: “Activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent.”

Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and are now waiting to hear when they can return home.

Lava has surged into residential areas, decimating dozens of structures.

A total of 20 fissures have now opened, spewing lava, ash and toxic gases into the atmosphere, threatening homes and livelihoods.

The Hawaiian Civil Defence warned at 8:00pm BST (6am Hawaiian Standard Time) of fissure 20 opening in Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision northeast from fissure 19.

They also warned that the lava flow from fissure 17 is moving towards the ocean at approximately 20 yards per hour.

However this lava flow does not threaten any homes or roads.

Hawaiian Civil Defence warned drivers to travel only when necessary: “Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School. Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.”

A statement issued by the USGS just before 9pm BST said: “Ash emission from the Overlook crater within Halemaumau has generally increased this morning compared to previous days.

“Although varying in intensity, at times the plume contains enough ash to be grey in colour.

“The cloud is rising an estimated 3 to 4,000 feet above the ground, but altitudes are varying with pulses of emission.

More to follow…

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