Erupting volcano fails to stop golfers in Hawaii

Saul Bowman
May 18, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the explosion from the Halemaumau crater happened around 4:15 a.m. on the Island of Hawai'i - also known as the Big Island.

About 20 fissures opened in communities alongside the volcano's eastern slopes, prompting evacuations of almost 2,000 inhabitants and engulfing dozens of homes in lava.

The HVO warned the volcano could produce projectiles should steam-driven explosions occur. "Protect yourself from ash fallout". In another video from a reporter catching literal ash from the sky. The threat was significant enough, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, that some first responders were pulled back from their positions on Thursday to safer areas.

The area southeast of Kilauea volcano's summit is in a rural, remote part of Hawaii Island on its eastern edge, far from any major resort areas. Trace amounts of ash in that area.

Scientists warned May 9 that a drop in the lava lake at the summit might create conditions for a large explosion.

A new fissure cracked open Thursday on the Island of Hawai'i and others "reactivated" with new flows of oozing black lava, as noxious gas and ash became biggest immediate problem for residents around the Kilauea volcano. Pahala is the closest town west of the summit crater.

Michelle Coombs, from the US Geological Survey, described it as a "a big event that got people's attention but not with widespread impact".

Geologist inspects a crack in Hawaii. She is wearing a gas mask there is a lot of gas coming out of the fissure

Thursday's event was, if not the huge one, then certainly a big one, researchers told further.

The worldwide airports in Hilo and Kona are open, officials said.

Its last explosive eruption took place in 1924.

"Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 12,000 ft", HVO tweeted.

Coincidentally, Thursday's explosive event comes one day before the 94th anniversary of that death and on the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state.

The American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming has sent volunteers to help shelter people evacuated due to the volcanic eruption in Hawaii. He explained from time to time he can feel the rumblings from the active volcano.

But phreatic eruptions can still pose a deadly threat to anyone near the eruptive vent - and they are extremely hard to forecast, Poland said.

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