What happens when a super volcano erupts?
The US Geological Survey (USGS) is warning that a super-volcano on Hawaii could erupt within days, causing a huge geologic upheaval.
A volcano erupting near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is considered the largest ever recorded, and could destroy a town and even damage an entire island.
The volcano’s magma chamber erupted last month, and the USGS says the eruption has so far produced 1.6 million cubic metres of ash, as well as causing more than 2.4 million cubic meters of volcanic gases to flow into the air.
That’s enough to fill up about 10 Olympic swimming pools, the US Geological Service said.
The USGS said the eruption is believed to be linked to a “supervolcanous flow” which could lead to an earthquake, which could cause a huge earthquake.
“The potential impact of a supervolcanoes eruption on Hawaiʻi is of concern,” USGS acting deputy chief John Williams said in a statement.
“Our monitoring of the eruption activity shows it is progressing, and it is now within our control to prevent a large-scale eruption,” he said.
Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, has declared a state of emergency and said that there is no imminent threat to the region.
“There is no danger to the state of Hawaii,” he told reporters.
“We are working with our state and federal partners to protect the public from hazards such as earthquakes.”
The eruption, which started on the island of Kauai last month and is still ongoing, has caused a tsunami that has killed at least 14 people, according to USGS.