Hawaii Volcano Warning Upgraded to Red, Major Eruption Could Be Imminent

Hawaii Volcano Warning Upgraded to Red, Major Eruption Could Be Imminent

Hawaii Volcano Warning Upgraded to Red, Major Eruption Could Be Imminent

It's been more than a week since the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted and there are still new fissures opening up almost every day.

U.S. Geological Survey officials have said a phreatic eruption could happen at a crater at the top of the Kilauea volcano.

The ash is a new hazard to hit Hawaii's Big Island since the latest volcanic eruptions began.

Down Highway 11, the main artery connecting the east and west side of the Big Island, a string of cars sit near the entrance of Volcano National Park.

Stars shine above as a plume rises from the Halemaumau crater, illuminated by glow from the crater's lava lake, within the Kilauea volcano summit at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 9, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Although varying in intensity, at times the plume contains enough ash to be gray in color.

The red alert as defined by the USGS means that an eruption is considered to be "imminent, underway or suspected, with hazardous activity on the ground and in the air".

Residents on parts of the Big Island have been scrambling to react to increased volcanic activity on Kilauea for almost three weeks now, ever since the floor of the Puu Oo Crater, on the volcano's East Rift Zone, collapsed on April 30.

A USGS statement said: "Ash emission from the Overlook crater within Halemaumau has generally increased this morning to previous days".

The eruption started on May 3 and around 20 fissures have opened up since then, with the lava destroying dozens of homes.

A flow from fissure 17 that opened up after the volcano in Hawaii.

Islanders remain on high alert for an eruption from the volcano which has so far seen lava spewing from 20 giant cracks in roads and land.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory is reporting that fissures 18 and 13 were briefly active overnight, but that 18 is slowing, and fissure 13 is no longer active, county officials said. "The IMT is managing the risk associated with a possible large steam eruption that is predicted to occur at the summit of Kilauea".

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