Hawaii asks Trump to declare state of disaster for volcano eruption

The Pavlof volcano erupts on Alaska's remote Aleutian Island archipelago in March 2016

The Pavlof volcano erupts on Alaska's remote Aleutian Island archipelago in March 2016

Park visitors watch as an ash plume rises from the Halemaumau crater within the Kilauea volcano summit caldera at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 9, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. But on Thursday night, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed to the public and will remain closed indefinitely.

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The violent eruption would cause a continuous process of rock from the volcano's inside walls to be shaken loose, fall into the lava, and then explode.

As fissures opened up on Kilauea's slopes, geologists also watched as levels of the Halema'uma'u lava lake at the volcano's summit dropped nearly 1,000 feet.

Satellite images of the Kilauea Volcanowere captured using the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) which is in onboard NASA's Terra satellite. It could also send pebbles shooting into the air several miles away, the agency said.

Geophysicist Emily Montgomery Brown says, "That's our primary job, to monitor California's volcanoes".

Ige's request came the same day that the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released a warning stating that the current conditions near and in the Kilauea volcano could provoke further explosions. "You don't want to be underneath anything that weighs 10 tons when it's coming out at 120 miles per hour (193 kph)".

The added threat could ground planes at one of the island's two major airports and pose other dangers. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, and Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983. "We know it's a possibility, and we're going to err on the side of caution to be prepared for this".

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Steam-driven explosions at volcanoes typically provide very little warning.

Since May 3, the State of Hawaii and Hawaii County have spent more than $400,000 in emergency funds to protect life and property from lava flows and earthquakes that have occurred in the Kilauea East Rift Zone. Fifteen vents are now spread through the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods.

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.

Avani Love, 29, moved to the Big Island about a month ago from Maui with her four children. At least 36 structures - including at least 26 homes - have been destroyed.

Interaction with water will cause a build up of steam and pressure among existing rocks, officials warned. That could happen because as lava continues to sink in a lake inside a Kilauea crater, an influx of groundwater could interact with the lava to create steam explosions.

Kilauea's lava lake began to drop on May 2.

Other dangers persist, not only in the form of lava but also earthquakes and newly formed cracks.

"This is a huge change".

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