On the Hawaiian island of Big Island, the Kilauea volcano erupts. Unfortunately, this event did not pass by human destinies. In the residential area of Leilani Estates, counted at least 10 volcanic cracks. The Washington Post reports on the continuation of the onset of lava flows. At least two cracks opened on Saturday evening. Some of those discovered earlier ceased to erupt lava.
The Kilauea volcanic shield basically consists of basalt. For this reason, eruptions and explosions at the peak occur extremely rarely. Most often lava erupts from the cracks surrounding rocks. Eruptions have occurred over the past 30 years, but earlier all was limited to filling the lava of the nearest crater. At the moment, this crater is empty, and the lava is directed to new open fissures.
Woolologist of the US Geological Survey Wendy Stovall reports that some of the newly formed cracks will close and freeze as the lava hardens, but this will lead to the appearance new cracks, where the lava will erupt under great pressure. The appearance of cracks is accompanied by earthquakes. One of them reached 6.9 points, and this is the largest earthquake on the island of Big Island, registered since 1975.
At the moment there is no reason to expect improvement in the situation. 1,700 people were evacuated from a residential area, and 21 houses were engulfed in flames and destroyed. Many refused to evacuate, but staying in the area is too dangerous. In addition to lava, the residential area is filled with clouds of sulfur dioxide, which can be deadly to humans. The direction of movement of these clouds can vary rapidly depending on the wind, and most people are not prepared for this phenomenon.
Another danger for people is the explosions that may be associated with abandoned gas tanks and problems with the electricity supply of the area. Meanwhile, the lava flows continue to flow, and the supply of magma continues, according to Wendy Stovall.