"The steady lowering of the lava lake in ‘Overlook crater’ within Halemaumau at the summit of Kilauea Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks," the organization said on Wednesday. "If the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath Kilauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions."
The U.S. Geological Survey warned that Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano might experience explosive eruptions in coming weeks, shooting rocks and ash for miles.— AJ+ (@ajplus) 9 мая 2018 г.
About 2,000 people have been evacuated since eruptions began last week. pic.twitter.com/qrQul3LuiN
The scientists added that during steam-driven explosions, ballistic blocks up to two meters across "could be thrown in all directions" to a distance of one kilometer or more. "The blocks could weigh a few kilograms to several tons," the USGS said.
According to the USGS, the lava lake surface has dropped by more than 200 meters between May 2 and May 6. Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos in the world, started its latest eruption on May 3. Since then, a total of 14 fissures have emerged, Hawaii County Civil Defense said on Wednesday. The lava from those vents has so far destroyed 36 structures, most of them homes, and covered 104 acres.