Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could spew fridge-sized boulders, experts warn

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"Due to decreasing tradewinds, residents are advised to monitor their sensitivity to increased levels of SO2", the text message sent at 9.22 a.m. said.

If inhaled in large quantities, the wafting gas can be fatal. The neighborhood's mandatory resident evacuation began on Saturday, and the Hawaii National Guard has been assisting in emergency management efforts on the ground.

Authorities have accelerated the timeline for moving flammable pentane from a Hawaii geothermal plant that's near communities where lava has oozed from cracks in the ground.

Reports since the eruption have told how lava has spewed from cracks in the road and pulverised cars in its path for up to 25 miles (40km) away from the site of the mountain.

"Why did they allow us to purchase residential property, figuring out it was a harmful scenario?"

For a few hours on Tuesday, residents experienced a brief reprieve as the volcanic activity on the Big Island paused. "Why did they let people build all around it?" she asked.

No one lives in the immediate area of the summit.

Now that the plant is threatened by Kilauea, Dedman says he feels vindicated. "When you've got that, it is Pele's method of clearing home and restoring the place".

Just this Wednesday, there was an explosion that sent a huge column of ash above the crater.

It's uncertain whether homeowners insurance will cover the damage caused by the lava and ash.

In an advisory seen by Express.co.uk, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) also confirmed hazardous fumes continue to be released but no volcanic activity is present as of today.

"There's a sense that it's Mother Nature", he said. In the first image, the red area represents vegetation while the black and gray areas are old lava flows. "Fortunately it didn't go in our direction". It starts and stops on a whim. So far ash has not impacted operations at either of the Big Islands main airports at Hilo (30 miles from the volcano) or Kona (100 miles away).

Seth Moran of the US Geological Survey and Pierce County officials are working to improve the volcano and lahar warning system.

But most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed Friday until further notice, because officials are anxious one of those steam-driven explosions could happen, accompanied by an ash fall.

"We all know the volcano is able to doing this", Mandeville mentioned, citing comparable explosions at Kilauea in 1925, 1790 and 4 different instances in the previous couple of thousand years. "It belongs to Pele", said Jordan Sommer, a Leilani Estates resident who was forced to leave her home, with fellow resident Steve Clapper adding: "Pele's the boss, you know".

Overnight, the U.S. Geological Survey issued a warning that the volcano could turn explosive, as falling lava levels inside the crater bring hot rock closer to cool groundwater.

Kilauea's eruption began last week after the crater floor of a long-active side vent collapsed in a cloud of ash, triggering a plunge in the lava lake inside the larger summit crater.

We have always heard that the Hawaiian volcanoes (which are technically called Shield Volcanoes) are not explosive, unlike the Cascade Volcanoes (called stratovolcanoes), which tend to be volatile.

USGS geologists say that they expect the water table to be infiltrated by lava by the middle of the month.

Those blowouts could blast out all sorts of debris: "Ballistic projectiles" from pebble-size rocks to several-ton blocks, the USGS says. His three children also live on the Big Island, but he said they are not in any danger, either.