New crack opens at Hawaii volcano

Villagers look on as Mount Sinabung volcano spews thick volcanic ash in Karo Indonesia on Friday May 19

New crack opens at Hawaii volcano

However, lava previously emitted from those openings has reportedly destroyed 36 structures, including over 20 homes, and covered 117 acres of land. The resulting explosion can blast rock and ash for miles.

The danger comes from the lava level that is dropping inside the volcano.

"It can be very hard to distinguish individual "plumes" from these sulfur dioxide sources with the spatial resolution that we have from OMPS, but we are seeing what seems to be an overall increase that coincides with the latest activity", said Michigan Tech volcanologistSimon Carn.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported "no significant lava flow" from a new fissure Saturday morning, but said that "conditions could change quickly". "There may not be any additional warning before the magma actually starts moving up to the surface". "Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park". Residents of the island's eastern corner were allowed to return but told to be ready to leave "at a moment's notice".

Kilauea began erupting over a week ago.

Authorities also ordered workers to remove flammable pentane from a geothermal plant that is near communities that saw lava oozed from cracks in the ground. About 2,000 people have been evacuated.

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Trump approved the Hawaii governor's request declaring the state a "major disaster" late Friday night ahead of warnings that continuing volcanic eruptions could cause vast damage to the islands and its residents.

In Pahoa, the nearest village to Kilauea, some schools remained closed after the area was hit by a 6.9 magnitude quake on Friday, the biggest since 1975.

Ige's office said Friday the declaration means federal assistance will be available as the state covers costs associated with damaged roads, public parks, schools and water pipes.

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

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