The People of Hawaii Are Facing a Growing and Ominous Threat

How bad could the volcanic activity get on the big island of Hawaii? Are lives at risk? How would people die if the volcano experienced a full and violent eruption?

The Threat to the Big Island Is Growing by the Moment

Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency announced a 16th fissure had opened from the erupting Kilauea volcano early in the day Saturday, followed by an announcement at 7 PM local time of a 17th fissure. Both fissures were located in the lower East Rift Zone, east of the Puna Geothermal energy plant and northeast of homes in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision. More on the geothermal threat later in this article.

The USGS has warned previously that boulders the size of refrigerators could be launched from the crater should another eruption take place.

The Kilauea volcano first erupted April 3, sending toxic gases into the Big Island’s atmosphere and eventually leading to more than a dozen cracks opening in the neighborhoods of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Even if the volcano does not fully explode people with respiratory issues are already suffering because of the great increase of pollutants in the air.

Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated from the neighborhoods last week. Many more evacuations are being contemplated

At least 35 structures, including two dozen homes, have been destroyed by encroaching molten lava. The lava is spewing out of enormous cracks in the ground, which are increasing by the moment, thus enhancing the danger. The lava has also enveloped homes and cars, by starting massive fires and encasing what was left in molten rock. This is what happened to the people at Pompeii.

An Increasing Threat: The Lava Table Is Falling

Most people would think that a shrinking lava table would mean the threat is diminishing. However, the opposite is true.

Now that the level of lava inside the main crater of Kilauea is falling. we see this as very bad for the people of Hawaii because as lava levels fall inside the volcano, sea water from the long volcanic tunnels which lead to the ocean will pour into these open cracks.  When that sea water reaches the main volcanic chamber and contacts the hot molten lava, it will quickly boil into steam, and bad things will begin to happen.

Another complicating factor consists of the consideration that as the lava level has fallen, giant rocks, dirt and other debris from the volcano walls have broken off and fallen into the volcanoblocking the main crater.  Subsequently, the steam created from the ocean water flowing-in from lava tubes could become trapped and build-up pressure.  Staggering levels of pressure will develop and eventually, the steam pressure build-up could cause the volcano to literally explode, hurling all the rocks, dirt and other material miles into the air.

The volcano could then eject “ballistic rocks” of lava up to several feet in diameter, as large as refrigerators, stated the USGS.


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