President Trump Declares Kilauea Eruption A Major Disaster

Sergio Conner
May 13, 2018

Since then, lava has destroyed at least 25 homes and covered over 117 acres.

The White House is sending federal aid to Hawaii, as volcanic eruptions on the big island enters into its second week.

Surfers bobbing in the ocean off Kona on the west side of the Big Island complained of the smog that could be seen in a haze over the coast. As a result, lava levels inside the volcano's main crater have been decreasing. The resulting explosion can blast rock and ash for miles.

"We've got all the warning signs we need", said Steve Brantley, the deputy scientist-in-charge for the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory HVO, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

"If you are in your vehicle, keep the windows closed", the alert said.

On Saturday, a new fissure opened up in the vicinity of a geothermal energy plant, according to the USGS.

The new fissure, the 17th to open since Kilauea begun erupting earlier this month, is located half a mile northeast of the end of Hinalo Road, close to the fissure 16 which opened 11 hours earlier.

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Plant workers this week removed the 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site as a precaution.

The Hawaii National Guard is prepared, with only 90-minutes notice, to rescue some 2,000 people by ground convoy in troop-carrying vehicles and, if necessary, in Blackhawk or Chinook helicopters.

"We are telling people to plan for the worst".

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park requested the restriction due to the possibility of a steam-driven explosive eruption in Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea's summit that could send of ash, rocks and volcanic debris over the surrounding areas. The USGS reported a shallow but small quake with a magnitude of 3.5 hit the island on Saturday.

Another lava vent has opened on Hawaii's Big Island as the USA authorities warn of a possible explosive eruption of the island's Kilauea volcano, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said.

The move makes financial assistance available to fix damaged roads, schools, and public parks.

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