New data on the eruption in Hawaii: Lava flows and gain first victim
Three weeks as the Kilauea volcano spews lava on the island of Big Island. It all began with volcanic cracks that reached residential areas of the island. After that, volcanologists have suggested the possibility of explosion due to the fall of the level of lava in the crater. At the moment, we can say that the situation is developing, but has not improved. Changes lava, which are observed in the last few days show that the situation just continues to heat up.
The volcanic fissures, with which it all began, in the first weeks erupted not as intense, highlighting the thick and slow lava flows. At the moment, the lava flows have become more abundant, and they erupt above. Over the weekend, several lava flows went into the ocean. The concentration of emitted during the eruption of sulfur dioxide tripled.
Volcanologist Janine Krippner said that everything he saw until last week was the remaining magma from past eruptions. What is observed in Hawaii right now - is a fresh, hot and intense lava gas. Another volcanologist Michael Paul, believes that this is not surprising and is usually the first thing that comes out of Kilauea, are products of the past. Today, the height of lava fountains can reach 100 meters. It is not known how long the eruption will last. Forecasts can be built only when the seismic activity will decline. At the moment, it does not decrease any seismic or lava flows. In 1955, Kilauea eruption lasted several months, and now history may repeat itself.
It is worth noting that the amplified lava flows have led to the first injury. According to the Washington Post, lava fountain injured leg man standing on the balcony of the third floor.