Many have heard about the tragic lava flows of the volcano Kilauea in Hawaii, which have already destroyed more than two dozen homes and caused more than 2,000 Hawaiian residents to evacuate, but they are not that uncommon. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and as of now it is possible that the volcano could turn explosive.
Kilauea has always been active, but generally with lava flow, not massive and deadly eruptions. The situation seems like it is only getting worse by the day. It’s not looking good for Hawaiian residents and people wanting to take a vacation to Hawaii this summer.
According to Sarah Gibbens, a writer for National Geographic, Kilauea has not had a major eruption in a long time.
“Such dramatic action from Hawaii's famously gentle volcano is very rare. The peak has not seen this kind of major explosive eruption since 1924, when a steam-powered eruption caused more than 50 explosions over two and a half weeks. The blasts sent chunks of rock weighing as much as 14 tons hurling through the air. Similarities between then and now have scientists concerned, but it is tricky to predict when and with how much force Kilauea might explode in this fashion,” wrote Gibbens.
An eruption from the volcano could be incredibly dangerous for Hawaiian residents. The massive boulders from the volcano would not only harm residents nearby, but would shoot out in all directions for miles. If it were to erupt, very few would be safe, and many structures, cars and homes would be destroyed. Airline traffic could be shut down as well. Also, it would be difficult to continue with day to day life with the fear of a volcano eruption.
According to Carter Evans, a writer for CBS News, the flying boulders are not the only thing to worry about.
“Further down the volcano, the underground lava oozing through cracks in the neighborhood of Leilani Estates is only about a half-mile away from a geothermal power plant. The plant has been shut down, and workers are trucking away 60,000 gallons of flammable liquids. Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation to secure the area,” wrote Evans.
If the volcano erupts, which, unfortunately, is very likely, it will be very dangerous for anything or anyone in its path.