Donald Trump Trump Declares Disaster For Hawaii Volcano Eruption

Casey Dawson
May 13, 2018

The threat of violent explosions prompted authorities to close the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Friday until further notice.

Hawaii tourism officials are hoping Kilauea's eruption won't deter travelers from visiting the state's largest island, even as geologists warn the volcano could soon shoot large boulders out of its summit.

Homes have already been destroyed by lava and 1,900 people evacuated in Puna district after 15 large cracks opened up eight days ago on Kilauea's eastern flank.

"Federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes in Hawaii County", FEMA said in the release.

During an evening meeting with community members, an official with the United States Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said that while no new fissures have opened during the last 24 hours, there has been "quite a bit" of ground cracking over the last day and that they were releasing steam. Lava spatter was reported east of the geothermal plant property and northeast of Lanipuna Subdivision ...

Geologists are warning of a possible explosion which would be the largest explosion in almost 120 years, CBS News reports. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater "has raised the potential for explosive eruptions" at the volcano.

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However, the immediate vicinity around the summit, an area controlled by the National Park Service, was to be closed to visitors indefinitely, starting on Thursday night.

The Leilani Estates community remains in greatest danger, with 15 volcanic fissures so far having destroyed 36 structures, majority homes, and forcing the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

USGS scientist Tina Neal at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has been posting regular video updates.

She said that's why the lava has been cool and has been moving a little sluggishly.

Volcanic smog may be blowing hundreds of miles from Kilauea, with people on the streets of state capital Honolulu, around 210 miles (340 km) northwest on the island of Oahu, complaining it was "very voggy" on Friday.

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