Pres. Trump Approves Financial Aid for Hawaii Over Volcanic Eruption

The Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua spews lava and ash in Cahuaji about 80 miles south of Quito in February 2016. Authorities raised the alert level from yellow to orange after the volcano increased its activity and projected a column of ash 3 miles high

Geologists said Kilauea may be entering a new phase of explosive eruptions not seen in almost a century that could hurl "ballistic blocks" weighing up to 12 tons for half a mile (800 meters), and rain pebble-sized fragments for another mile or two (1.8 to 3.2 km).

"Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption".

A new fissure roaring like jet engines and spewing magma has opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, piling lava as high as a four-story building, as the area torn by the volcano's eruption spread.

The U.S. Geological Survey said 16 fissures have now opened up on the Big Island.

A spokesman said: "Lava from this latest outbreak is actively spattering and degassing but no flow has yet formed".

"The fissure itself is small", said USGS scientist Janet Babb.

Park visitors watch as an ash plume rises from the Halemaumau crater within the Kilauea volcano summit caldera at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on May 9, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

After the Kilauea volcano erupted, the lava burned 37 structures including 27 homes, and forced 1,700 evacuations.

Plant workers this week removed the 50,000 gallons of pentane stored at the site as a precaution.

Geologists are warning of a possible explosion which would be the largest explosion in almost 120 years, CBS News reports.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a press release earlier on Saturday that US President Donald Trump had approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Hawaii, providing state and local authorities with federal assistance in their recovery efforts in the areas affected by the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

A lava lake at the summit is draining inside the volcano, with the magma running underground, and scientists believe it could burst to the surface producing hotter, faster-moving lava. Since then, lava has destroyed at least 25 homes and covered over 117 acres.

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