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'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano

'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano

Resident Lindsey Magnani said both of her children, a two-year-old and a three-month-old baby, were doing okay, but she and her fiance had both been sneezing all day. Last week, scientists said that if Kilauea's lava lake drains too fast, it could trigger explosions that hurl refrigerator-size boulders into the air.

Driving conditions in the area may be unsafe and drivers are advised to pull off the road until visibility improves, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. The earlier explosive eruption produced an ash cloud that reaches as high as 30,000 feet and is drifting to the northeast. "You should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume", county officials said.

"It's just time to go - it really, really is", she said, preparing to leave town.

In the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, a webcam caught the consequences of the short-lived eruption: an onslaught of wet, dusty ash raining on a darkened landscape.

The mayor of Hawaii said the eruption site and the lava flow are in a very small portion of the island.

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There are occasional bursts of ash coming from the crater causing ash to fall downwind to several communities, though there are only trace amounts, said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Protect yourself from ash fallout", it said.

A spike in toxic sulfur dioxide gas levels closed schools around the town of Pahoa, 25 miles (40 km) east of the volcano, where lava from giant cracks has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced about 2,000 residents to evacuate.

More explosions are expected and may be more powerful, the USGS warned. Eruptions involving magma offer warning signs for a potential evacuation, that is consists of the inflation of the surrounding ground, seismic activity caused rocks break and changes in the gases being vented.

Thursday's event was, if not the huge one, then certainly a big one, researchers told further. The National Weather Service issuing an ashfall advisory for parts of the big island, saying ash accumulations less than one quarter of an inch were possible. After the initial explosion, emissions continued up to 12,000 feet. "They didn't hear it", Ms Aton said. It is one of the most active in the world and has been erupting continuously for more than 30 years.


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