Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide threatens health

Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide threatens health

Hawaii volcano's sulfur dioxide threatens health

The USA Geological Survey elevated the alert warning to purple, which means {that a} main explosion is "imminent, underway or suspected with hazardous circumstances each on the bottom and within the air".

Hawaii is bracing for another explosive eruption from the Kilauea volcano. Scientists say the volcano might soon shoot out boulders and ash from its summit crater.

A man watches as ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater near the community of Volcano during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., May 15, 2018.

A plume of red ash rose from the volcano's Pu'u 'O'o vent high into the sky over the island, according to photos on social media.

Lava and smoke explode from Fissure 17 at Leilani Estates in the aftermath of eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

The lava was moving at a rate of about 20 yards an hour, or.01 miles per hour, in the direction of the ocean, said the agency in a release.

"Ash has been rising nearly constantly from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest". And it could send ash plumes as far as 12 miles from the summit crater, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

A shift in winds was expected to bring ash and volcanic air inland on Wednesday, and make them more concentrated.

College exchange student Constantin Plinke, 24, was planning to go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before it was shut.

"It's optimistic to think that this is the last fissure we're going to see", said Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Deputy Scientist-In-Charge Steve Brantley.

The volcano has spewed lava and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas into communities, leading officials to order 1,700 to evacuate.

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

Dozens of homes have been destroyed since eruptions began 10 days ago and officials have ordered the evacuations of almost 2,000 residents in the lower Puna district of the Big Island, home to around 187,000 people. Officials have confirmed 35 structures have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates. Lava has burst from the ground and torn through housing developments and farmland, threatening one of the last exit routes from coastal areas, state Highway 132.

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