Hawaii residents shaken by quakes, brace for new lava outbreaks

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Sulfur Dioxide, a colorless toxic gas, is usually released as the magma rises to the surface.

Lava has destroyed at least 36 structures and covered more than 115 acres.

The pant sits on the edge of Leilani Estates, one of the areas where almost 2,000 residents have been forced to evacuate as Kilauea spewed lava.

The lava line has been crawling closer to a geothermal power plant and employees of the now- closed plant have been working to remove unsafe flammable solvents from the plant in order to avoid any potential catastrophes. All 50,000 gallons (189,270 liters) of pentane was expected to be removed by the end of Thursday.

The Puna Geothermal Venture is owned by Nevada company Ormat Technologies.

In coming weeks, the summit crater could eject blocks up to 2 yards in diameter a little less than a mile away, the United States Geological Survey said.

"If you're within several miles of the summit of the volcano, of the lava lake, then you would be subject to falls of marble sized rocks, ash, finer grain material. and if you're beyond that say you're 10 miles, 15, 20 downwind, you could experience fine ash floating from the sky like snow, ' he added". Distant communities such as Hilo, about 30 miles away, could get a dusting of ash.

Commenting on the so-called ballistic projectiles, Tina Neal, the scientist in charge of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told Reuters: "This is the first of perhaps more events like that to come".

As the lava levels inside the summit's lava lake drain lower, there is a danger the level could go below the underground water table which could trigger a violent steam eruption.

"If this happens, mixing of magma and water could cause a violently explosive steam eruption".

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However, lava is continuing to sink in a lake inside a Kilauea crater and this can trigger steam explosions due to the influx of groundwater.

And now, scientists are warning that an explosive eruption may occur at the summit crater within weeks.

"We suspect it's a rapid process".

"The earthquakes that we get at volcanoes can tell us an very bad lot of what the magma is doing as it's moving through the rocks", Johnson told CBC News.

Officials stress residents of the Kilauea summit area should learn about the hazards of ashfall, stay informed about the status of the volcano and area closures, and review family and business emergency plans.

Steam and gas rose along the edge of Kilauea's summit crater in Volcanoes National Park on Thursday.

"It seems pretty safe to me right now but they'd know best", said Cindy Woodd, who was visiting from British Columbia, Canada. "We know it is a distinct possibility". "Life and safety is what's most important".

Cindy McMillan, communications director for Ige's office, said the goal of the summary was to prove that the disaster has cost more than the $1.9 million threshold required for federal assistance.

It was enough to leave the residents of Leilani Estates, Hawaii fleeing the area through cracked and burning streets with no idea as to when they could return home.