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PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) —Geologists say Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit caldera in coming weeks.
The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the risk will rise if the lava drops below the groundwater level beneath the summit’s caldera or craterlike basin. That’s because an influx of water inside could cause steam-driven explosions.
The agency says the volcano may eject blocks up to two yards (meters) in diameter a little less than a mile (a kilometer) away.
The article goes on to state the following:
It may also send pebbles shooting into the air several miles (kilometers) away.
There’s also the potential for ash, steam and sulfur dioxide emissions.
The AP also reports that police have gone door-to-door to evacuate residents near two new vents emitting dangerous volcanic gases.
The U.S. Geological Survey warned that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano might experience explosive eruptions in coming weeks, shooting rocks and ash for miles.
About 2,000 people have been evacuated since eruptions began last week. pic.twitter.com/qrQul3LuiN
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 9, 2018
In the weeks ahead, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and eject rocks and boulders up to six feet in diameter nearly a mile away, the USGS says. https://t.co/OOkhtDtngb
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 9, 2018
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