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Pres. Trump Approves Financial Aid for Hawaii Over Volcanic Eruption

13 May 2018, 02:07 | Rufus Hill

Hawaii asks Trump to declare state of disaster for volcano eruption

The Turrialba volcano spews smoke and ash in May 2016 in Cartago Costa Rica. Experts say it is the strongest eruption from the volcano in the past six years

"When you start seeing ferns go brown overnight, it's like, 'Wow, I gotta get out of here, '" said Peters, sitting at a Red Cross evacuation center at a sports center in nearby Pahoa. In Puna, hazardous fumes continue to pour from 15 fissures that stretch over almost 3 miles, KGMB reports. Officials have confirmed 26 homes have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates.

USGS scientist Tina O'Neal said Friday there are continuing high levels of quake activity and ground activity that suggests magma is still close to the surface.

"The situation remains unstable", she said.

Geologists warned on Friday that a steam-driven eruption from the summit's Halemaumau crater could spew ash plumes 6100 metres high and spread ash and debris up to 20km. Since last week, lava has been siphoning away for the volcano's summit, breaking through the ground in the 15 fissures.

As a result, rockfalls from the enclosing crater walls have produced small ash clouds mixed with condensed water vapour throughout the day.

NASA's space satellites have been monitoring the eruptions and growth of lava fields at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, according to The Weather Channel.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist Tina Neal said Friday that an analysis of rock samples indicates the lava's chemistry is similar to that from a 1955 eruption.

Hawaii police said they arrested Alexandru Stingu-Dragomir, 29, on suspicion he burgled four houses in Leilani Estates after the mayor declared an emergency the area on last week.

"Because the lava intrusion is still active and earthquakes are still occurring, we still think there's a decent chance of new eruptive activity at the surface", Steven Brantley said. Fresher magma may also produce lava fountains that shoot higher into the air and larger, faster-moving lava flows.

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is continuing to blow off toxic steam and release lava, but scientists now say there are signs it could be about to explode in a once-in-a-century eruption.



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