Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could see explosive eruptions: US agency

Lava is seen spewing from a fissure in the Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018.
Lava is seen spewing from a fissure in the Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

HAWAII (REUTERS) - There is a growing chance of explosive eruptions of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in coming weeks that could shoot rocks for miles and cause ashfall for dozens of miles, the US Geological Survey said on Wednesday (May 9).

Kilauea, Hawaii's most active volcano, erupted on Thursday and lava flows from fissures have destroyed at least 36 structures and caused the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

Explosive eruptions could occur if the lava lake in Kilauea's crater continues to fall to the level of groundwater, causing an influx of water to create steam-driven explosions, the USGS said in a statement.