Accessed on 09 May 2018, 2210 UTC, Post #16779.
Reporter: Kirsten Johnson.
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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has confirmed an explosion near the summit of the active Kilauea Volcano, generating a tall plume of ash and gas. HVO spokeswoman Janet Babb says the explosive event “wasn’t a steam explosion, and there was no water involved.” Babb believes the ash plume was the result of a large rock falling from the crater wall.
HVO scientists believe that more events like this could happen in the future:
“The explosion did not result in any additional closures at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park because it is not associated with the water level.
HVO said in a news release earlier this morning that the steady lowering of the lava lake in the crater within Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kilauea has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks.
If the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath Kilauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions.”
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