Kilauea could erupt with 'once-in-a-century' explosion, geologists warn

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Steam and gas rise along the edge of Kilauea's summit crater in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Now they've cancelled their trip.

Janet Coney, office manager of the Kilauea Lodge, an inn and restaurant, said officials told her lodge employees probably won't have to worry about rocks raining down on them but might experience falling ash.

"One of the things I love about Kilauea is that it's so well-monitored and so well-studied - the more we know, the more we realize we don't know", she said.

The current surge of volcanic activity on Hawaii's Big Island threatens to spill over into a series of massive explosions, ScienceAlert reported, citing researchers and local officials.

Since the quake, there have been frequent aftershocks.

The explosion at around 8:30 a.m. on May 9, 2018 was triggered by a rockfall from the steep walls of Overlook crater, and not caused by the interaction of the lava lake with the water table.

Quake activity and ground deformation, however, continue and more outbreaks around the Leilani Estates subdivision are likely, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "There are a lot of hazards that go with ashfall, but they can be dealt with".

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Because of the threat, Volcanoes National Park will be closed Friday. Coney is anticipating more depending on what happens.

Active eruption of lava from fissures some 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) east of the summit has paused. That kind of explosive eruption was last displayed by the volcano almost a century ago.

The Kilauea Volcano, which began erupting more than a week ago, has destroyed at least 36 structures so far including 27 homes, according to CBS News.

The volcano also triggered a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster on Friday, Hawaii's largest in 40 years.

Like the town of Kamuela which is home to vast cattle ranches and Hawaii's own cowboys, called paniolo. There's also the night sky visible from the 13,803-foot (4207-meter) summit of Mauna Kea, the island's tallest peak and the location of some of the world's most advanced telescopes. But it never seems to take the easy path, and instead, forces itself up through rock; 15 fissures have opened since Kilauea's vents started spraying lava on May 3.

"With that said, we are still in a period of significant potential aftershocks, so there is the possibility of certainly a large felt quake", Neal noted. "But we also don't want to be stupid", said Cindy Hartman, 68, who lives in the Kalapana-Seaview neighborhood. That makes the danger too great to allow people in the park.

Gov. David Ige's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hawai'i Island was granted, one day after the governor submitted the request.

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