Kilauea Volcano of Hawaii has erupted again. Scientists claim that a small explosion sending rocks more than 200 feet up onto the rim of the volcano’s main Halemaumau crater on Wednesday night. The park was evacuated as a result of the elevated sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano.
Mt. Kilauea in Action
The U.S. Geological Survey says the most recent blast at Halemaumau crater was much smaller than a similar explosion in March. It still, however, enlarged the new vent in the wall of the crater to about 30 feet in diameter. Scientists also say that they found lava splatters and rocks ejected by the blast. These splatters contained contained volcanic glass shards which are the main component of pyroclastic flow.
Researchers say there is increasing evidence that molten lava or magma is collecting about 300 to 600 feet below the new vent in the volcano. So we may see a large eruption in the near future.