Hawaii Volcano Eruption WARNING: ‘NO TIME to Evacuate’ Island

Hawaii Volcano Eruption WARNING: ‘NO TIME to Evacuate’ Island

Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, could “burst out in an explosion” within days, according to the US Geological Society.

This could cause huge clouds of volcanic smog and catapult boulders as big as small cars.

According to Reuters a warning message was sent to residents at 11am Friday.

They state the message told people they would have little or no warning if there was a sudden volcano explosion.

Geologists expect the hard-hit Leilani Estates area in the southeastern Puna district to be victim of more lava outbreaks.

A total of 27 homes have been destroyed in the area which is around 20 miles (32 km) south of Hilo.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist, Tina Neal has warned we might see more eruptions over the coming days as lava bursts through the ground, producing higher levels of toxic gases.

Ms Neal said: “What will take a turn for the worse in terms of hazard is if hotter, fresher magma makes it to the surface, and that could be what is coming.

“Once a new batch of hotter, gassier magma makes it to the surface we might see larger, higher eruption rates.”

Fifteen huge cracks have emerged on the eastern side of Kilauea since the volcano erupted eight days ago.

USGS scientists say the lava level in the volcano’s crater is dropping, indicating a build-up or clog, which could increase in pressure before a massive explosion.

If rocks from the volcano’s edge fall into the crater, it could create a dam, further intensifying the build up.

An explosion could cause huge clouds of volcanic smog and catapult boulders as big as small cars

USGS scientist Donald Swanson said the clog would increase until “it can eventually burst out in an explosion”.

Denison University volcanologist Erik Klemetti said: "It's like a leaky pipe or a burst pipe, where the magma is moving down the conduit system and it just reaches a point where the pressure builds enough that you start cracking the surface above."

But geologist Bill Chadwick said it was impossible to know when the huge eruption would take place.

He said: "We can't really peer through the ground and see it exactly in all its details and intricacies.

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