Scientists in Hawaii warn of more eruptions from Kiluaea


Authorities have warned residents to stay away from the neighborhoods evacuated, warning that toxic sulfur dioxide seeping out of almost two dozen cracks in the ground caused by the volcano could prove deadly.

These plumes are separate from the lava eruptions happening about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away from summit, where about 20 lava fissures have destroyed more than two dozen homes and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

The's a real dynamic situation up there. we could have additional events like this morning that punch up and then die back down really quickly. we could have more sustained ash.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said northeast winds may carry the ash north toward Kau, Volcano, Mount View, Kea'au and Hilo.

Though disruptive, even painful for people living near Kilauea - especially those who have already lost their homes - the eruption will not significantly affect life on the rest of the Big Island, Poland said.

In a video, you can see ash plumes and flying debris clearly visible in the early morning skies.

"It's a real dynamic situation up there", she said of the summit. "It's not going to be the only one".

"Protect yourself from ash fallout", the officials warned in an alert. Geologists said the result would likely release trapped steam rather than lava, similar to the explosions at Kilauea in 1925.

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"We had vases fall down, pictures fall down", one resident said.

USGS scientists use Ash3D computer simulations to show how far ash might travel and how much ash might fall to the ground.

Scientists say earthquakes may shake loose rocks underground and open up new tunnels for lava to flow.

The masks do not protect against sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas that is still seeping from 21 fissures caused by volcanic activity.

Some Big Island residents had feared "the big one" after Kilauea shot anvil-sized "ballistic blocks" into the visitors' auto park on Wednesday and was rocked by earthquakes that damaged buildings and cracked roads in the park that was closed last week.

Halemaumau is the crater within Kilauea's summit caldera. He said he closely followed the eruption coverage the first few days, but has since tapered off.

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