Volcano in Hawaii to erupt next week, officials say
The eruption of the volcano in the Hawaiian Islands could occur on Thursday, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources said.
The eruption is located near the summit of Mount Kilauea and is expected to begin at 10 a.m. local time (11:00 a.c.
EDT) in the central Hawaiian town of Kilahele, the state’s homeland office said in a news release.
Officials have not yet said how much lava is likely to erupt, but it could be a “large, powerful eruption,” the news release said.
“We are expecting it to erupt very rapidly,” said D.L. Roper, a spokesman for the department.
“I can’t imagine it would take two or three hours.”
A similar eruption in March 2015 caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
The volcano was previously dormant until it erupted in 2016.
The last major eruption was in April 2017, when the volcano erupted and spewed about 10.6 million gallons of lava and rock.
The lava spewed into the ocean and into nearby waters, killing at least 14 people.
A recent eruption on April 13, 2017, killed more than 300 people in the city of Honolulu.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded another major eruption on Wednesday, when Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted and released more than 2.5 million gallons.
The eruptions are rare, but there have been many since the 1960s, said Mark Rittgers, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
“A volcano can only erupt once,” he said.
Rittchers said the recent eruption was unique because it erupted more than five years after the eruption of Mount St, which occurred more than 10 years earlier.
That eruption was similar to the last one, but less powerful, he said, because the volcano was dormant at the time.
The latest eruption, Ritts said, could be the most destructive volcanic eruption in Hawaii history.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has said the next major eruption could occur between Wednesday and Thursday.
The next eruption could happen between Tuesday and Thursday, but the last major one was in June of 2016.
Rottman said the eruption will likely cause damage to the roads and infrastructure in the area, as well as to buildings.
The area around Kilaau is currently closed.
The state’s governor has asked the National Park Service to allow some visitation to the area.