The Hawaiian lava on the top of Mount Kilauea is now creating serious concerns as the hot lava continues to rise. Locals are worried that if an eruption was to occur, it would have devastating effects.
The lava lake on Mount Kilauea keeps on going up, and Sunday morning was at 26 feet (8 meters) higher than previous days. There were only 13 feet(4 meters) left for the lava lake to disperse on the ground of Halema’uma’u Saturday night.
By Sunday the lava level seems to have dropped 6 feet , reaching a height of 20 feet below the crater opening called the Outlook Crater. Even though the lava level has fallen the spattering has increased.
It appears that the lava lake has started to inflate on Tuesday on the 21st of April and by Sunday morning it reached 6.5 microradians. The seismic risks under Kilauea and the upper East and Southwest Rift Zones are still high, reported experts from the HVO.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the lava inside the lake can be a threat for health as it is releasing sulfur dioxide gas which leads to the air to get infested with volcanic smog. During the past week, the quantity of sulfur dioxide gas released in the air has been of around 3000 to 5200 tones per day.
Jessica Ferracane, a representative of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stated that the event attracted a lot of tourists who were curious to see the volcano spattering from the Jagger Museum’s deck where visitors could hear loud and clear the sounds and crash of the rocks from the volcano.
The rising level of the lava has gathered even more people that wanted to witness the spectacular rise of the lava lake.
This kind of events, appear to be an attraction for tourists who come to visit Hawaii. According to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, last year the number of tourists who visited reached 1,693,005 people, who spent an amount of $136,839,700.
The Kilauea volcano was created some 300,000 to 600,000 years ago where it has risen from the sea floor, finally breaking the surface of the water about 100,000 years ago.
The Kilaulea volcano has risen from the sea floor between 300,000 to 600,000 years ago and it has reached out of the water 100,000 years ago. Kilauela is at 4,100 meters above the sea level and the last serious eruption occurred in March 2008, 84 years since its last eruption, respectively in 1924.
However, this was not associated with a powerful earthquake and no lava was released during the explosion which lead experts to believe that the phenomenon was caused by hydrothermal or gas factors.
The 2008 explosion spread debris on a surface of 30 hectares (75 acres) which covered an area of Crater Rim Drive, affected Halema’uma’u and emitted high amounts of noxious gases.
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