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Hawaii volcano eruption RED ALERT: Is Kilauea eruption imminent today? Latest update | World | News

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) triggered fears of imminent cataclysms when the alert level was raised.

A series of monstrous tremors rocked the erupting Kilauea on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of volcanic ash 12,000 feet into the sky.

Observatory (HVO) has now raised the bar on the Big Island’s danger level to the highest possible – CODE RED.

A red watch or wanting is a direct indicator of things about to go south according to the USGS,w with significant volcanic ash emissions and fallout.

A much dire red warning meanwhile indicates eruption is “imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air”.

The current alert level on Big Island is a RED Warning, the USGS gravely announced last night.

The terrifying update came after a towering column of ash erupted into the skies around 9am local time on Tuesday.

A Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) announced: “As of early this morning, eruption of ash from the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea summit has generally increased in intensity.

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Hawaii volcano: USGS officials raised a RED Warning which signals an imminent eruption

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Hawaii volcano: Kilauea belched a large plume of thick ash into the sky

“Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest.


Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest

Volcanic Observatory Notice for Aviation

“Ashfall and volcanic air pollution (vog) has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind.

“NWS radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigour of activity and wind conditions.”

USGS official said a phreatic eruption could occur at the summit, belching plumes of thick smoke as far as 12 miles away from the summit.

For now emissions from the volcano’s erupting summit will likely be variable over time deeding on the amount of rockfall into the vent.

The VONA warning stressed volcanic activity may increase and even blast burning projectiles across he island.

The warning said: “Activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent.”

But Erik Klemetti, associate professor at Denison University in Ohio, remained positive the drastic developments will not have a lethal impact on the residents of Big Island.

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Hawaii volcano: An explosive eruption could spew ash up to 12 miles away from the Kilauea summit

He wrote on his volcanology blog: “Forecasting volcanic eruptions is challenging, but professional actions of the HVO staff has meant that so far, we have seen no injuries or deaths due to the eruption.

“People have had warning to evacuate long before the hazard was extreme.

“The combined efforts of land-based monitoring like seismometers and GPS, satellite-borne data like gas emissions and deformation and real-time views from webcams all meant that these geoscientists to make accurate projections of the potential events that could follow.”

As of Tuesday, some 2,000 residents of the Puna District have been forced to flee their homes from the intensifying eruption.

So far 20 bubbling volcanic fissures have split the ground open, spewing fountains of lava and toxic sulphur dioxide emissions.

Kilauea volcano began erupting on May 3 after intense earthquakes struck deep underground on April 30.


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