Things on the big Island of Hawaii have gone from bad to worse. However, as I reported three weeks ago, this is not an local problem as I published strong indicators that the entire South Pacific region was in danger and that danger would extend to the West Coast of the United States.
Kilauea Has Gone “Permanently” Active
Ten hours ago, the Guardian reported the following:
Magma spewed from 100ft (30-metre) cinder cones and formed elevated ponds of molten rock that were expected to soon overflow and stream into the next rows of homes – Kahukai and Mohala streets. Firefighters went door to door evacuating residents before the lava arrived.
“It’s this tide of lava that rises up and overflows itself on the edges and keeps rising and progressing forward,” US Geological Survey geologist Wendy Stovall said.
About 37 structures are already “lava locked”, meaning homes are inaccessible, and people who do not evacuate may be trapped.
“Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now,” Hawaii County Civil Defense said in an alert.
Magma is draining underground from a sinking lava lake at Kilauea’s 4,091ft (1,247-metre) summit before flowing about 25 miles (40km) east and bursting from giant cracks, with two flows reaching the ocean just over three miles (5km) away.
Disturbing Images from Kiluea
The following images are 11 hours old as of 738AM Pacific on May 26. This was released by the local CBS affiliate.
Also from CBS News, they are reporting the following disturbing developments:
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii’s Big Island Friday near the summit of the U.S. Geological Survey said, the largest of several quakes that struck Friday. The tremor did not generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told , CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB.
The agency says the island doesn’t face a tsunami threat after the temblor struck around 12:44 p.m. Friday. County officials have warned of aftershocks.
An earthquake at 6 p.m. Thursday sent an ash cloud 10,000 feet into the air, the USGS said.
The Kilauea volcano has been erupting for three weeks, spewing lava from cracks that emerged in neighborhoods and sending ash sky-high from its summit. Earthquakes also have been occurring.
“Earthquake” activity is the operative term. Lori Dengler is an emeritus professor of geology at Humboldt State University. Dangler is considered to be an expert in tsunami and earthquake hazards. Dangler has stated that the earthquake activity is still elevated over expected levels and dangerous magma is still migrating to the east and there is a major fear that groundwater could flow into the magma conduit and the potential for steam-driven explosions could set off the volcano and it could erupt on an epic scale. Toxic gasses are a major concern as the fissures are expanding and this precisely what killed the majority of the people at Pompeii.
The aformentioned earthquakes mentioned by Dangler has sparked concerns over pending tsunamis.
Again, from the Guardian article referenced above:
“Several volcanic earthquakes strike near Kilauea’s summit as officials add tsunamis to the list of threats posed by ongoing eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Several earthquakes struck near the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Thursday and Friday, officials say…
Volcano-related earthquakes have caused cracks to open up across the Big Island’s southeastern region…
Geologists have said after three weeks of escalating activity, Kilauea has entered a ‘steady state’ of eruption”.
HAWAII volcano Kilauea’s unstoppable eruption is triggering earthquakes that could become “more frequent” and could cause a tsunami, experts have warned.
Three weeks ago, I reported that Mexico City was experiencing the sudden appearance of fisures, one which swallowed a home and a water main. Along the same latitude, the Philippines experienced a strong earthquake. The entire region, all across the Pacific, is active. We should also keep in mind that Arizona just practiced receiving 400,000 Californians as refugees. Could this be due to a feared tsunami resulting from Kilauea? Unfortunately at this time, we do not have these answers. This is very much a story in progress.
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