Hawaii could face volcanic smog, acid rain


Local residents have long voiced concern about the Puna Geothermal Venture, which state senator Russell Ruderman said was constructed more than 25 years ago in a recognized high-risk zone for lava flow, and despite the objections of local residents.

Big Island residents living near Kilauea's eruption also need to be wary of acid rain.

The steam may construct in stress as rocks fall and kind a dam inside the volcano's partitions and "trigger steam-driven explosions" with "little or no warning", the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) informed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

USGS scientists in Hawaii have been monitoring the lava lake throughout the eruption and say the level of the lava lake has been dropping over the last several days and continues to drop late on Wednesday. He said it would be "very hazardous" if a volcanic vent were to open under the facility where the fuel is stored.

Earlier in the day US Army veteran Delance Weigel, 71, collected some of his prized possessions as steam and sulphur dioxide gas rose out of cracks in the street.

The lava flow that began on Thursday is from a new fissure that opened up nearby.

In case the explosions begin, the area may face a mini-apocalypse, with boulders weighing up to several tons and measuring up to two meters (yards) in diameter dropping from the skies within one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the volcano or even farther away.

Therefore, he has directed Administrator Travis to work directly with Mayor Kim and the County of Hawai'i's Civil Defense Director Talmadge Magno.

Residents that live around the Kilauea summit should beware of the risk of ashfall, stay informed of the status of the volcano and area closures and review family and business emergency plans.

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All of this activity, according to geologists and vulcanologists, is driven by the underground ebb and flow of huge rivers of molten rock called magma - the term for lava before it reaches the surface - and is part of an eruption cycle that has continued almost nonstop on the island for 35 years.

Mike Hale, who runs Big Island Auto Rental, was forced to leave his personal vehicle behind Sunday, as it needed to be jumped, while fleeing from the lava and smoke that has been erupting from the volcano. If the situation at the summit worsens, the National Park Service said it would take action to evacuate people and close Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to visitors.

Andrew Nisbet has no idea what's happened to his house since he left it last week.

"I'm in the safest part in the subdivision".

"I am packed. My truck is loaded".

There are 14 lava-and-gas producing fissures in Leilani Estates, after the two new ones formed Tuesday.

If explosions occur at the summit, areas within half a mile would be subject to bombardment by material that could weigh as much as 10 or 12 tonnes.

The agency reported that 104 acres are now covered in lava and a total of 36 structures had been destroyed.