Pahoa, Hawaii

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

‘Red alert’: Hawaii res­i­dents braced this week for the pos­si­bil­ity of a ma­jor erup­tion as a 12,000-foot plume of ash and vol­canic gas rose from the Big Is­land’s tur­bu­lent Ki­lauea vol­cano. The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey is­sued a “red alert” and warned air­craft to stay away from the area. Sci­en­tists fear that an erup­tion caused by a buildup of un­der­ground steam at the top of Ki­lauea could spew ash as far as 12 miles from the sum­mit. Ki­lauea has been erupt­ing con­tin­u­ously since 1983, but the level of vol­canic ac­tiv­ity has in­creased sharply in re­cent weeks. More than 20 fis­sures have opened in the earth since May 3, send­ing lava flows and clouds of toxic sul­fur­diox­ide gas into nearby neigh­bor­hoods. The erup­tions have forced the evac­u­a­tion of 2,000 res­i­dents, but there have been no deaths or ma­jor in­juries re­ported so far.

Ki­lauea: About to blow?

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