Explosive activity possible near Kilauea volcano summit, scientists warn

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday that a steady lowering of the lava lake at Kilauea volcano’s Overlook crater within Halemaumau “has raised the potential for explosive eruptions” that could happen as soon as next week.

The steam-driven explosions – caused by the lava mixing with groundwater beneath the caldera – could occur with little warning and hurl “ballistic blocks” of anywhere from a few pounds to a few tons to a distance…

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