High Alert: Fear is Mounting in Hawaii as More Cracks Appear in the Kilauea Volcano
Hawaii is bracing itself for a possibly explosive volcanic eruption.
Since Saturday, two lava fissures have opened up on Hawaii's Big Island in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant.
Just hours after the first fissure opened up on Saturday morning, red and black lava had piled up about 40 feet high and more than 150 feet in length, while magma chunks sprayed up to 100 feet in the air, Reuters reported.
Scientists originally said two more had opened since then, but they later downgraded that to one, noting that one of the cracks that had opened up did not emit lava and was therefore not an active fissure.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting for years, but an uptick in eruptions and earthquakes in recent days have ramped up the danger for residents of Hawaii's Big Island.
Thousands of people have now been forced to evacuate, and the eruption has already destroyed dozens of structures. Geologists are warning that the volcano's summit crater could soon begin spewing huge boulders and ash.
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14 Mai 2018