For three weeks now, Kilauea volcano has erupted lava on the island of Big Island. It all started with volcanic cracks that reached the residential areas of the island.
After this, volcanologists suggested the possibility of an explosion due to a drop in the level of lava in the crater. At the moment, we can say that the situation is developing, but does not improve. Changes in lava that have been observed over the past few days show that the situation literally continues to heat up.
The volcanic cracks, from which everything began, erupted within the first weeks not so intensively, highlighting dense and slow lava flows. At the moment, the lava flows have become more abundant, and they erupt higher. At the weekend, several lava flows went into the ocean. At the same time, the concentration of sulfur dioxide released during the eruption tripled.
Volcanologist Janine Krippner said that everything seen before last week was the remaining magma from past eruptions. What is being observed in Hawaii now is a fresher, hot and gas-saturated lava. Another volcanologist, Michael Paul, believes that this is not unexpected, and, as a rule, the first thing that comes out of Kilauea is the products of the past.
Today, the height of the lava fountains can reach 100 meters. It is not known how long the eruption will last. Forecasts can be built only when seismic activity goes to a decline. At the moment, neither seismicity nor lava flows decrease. In 1955, the eruption of Kilauea lasted several months, and now history can repeat itself.
It should be noted that the increased lava flows led to the first injuries. According to the Washington Post, the lava fountain injured the leg of a man standing on the balcony of the third floor.