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Hawaii to face maybe months of earthquakes, eruptions


Scientists have forecast maybe months of eruptions and earthquakes for Hawaii’s Big Island, after the island’s youngest and most active volcano Kilauea erupted late last week.

 

Image: US Geological Survey

 

Over the weekend, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that "eruptive activity is increasing and is expected to continue", news agency DPA reported.

 

An observatory spokesperson said that the eruptions could carry on "for weeks or months", likening the current situation to another event in the area in 1955 that lasted for 88 days.

 

The eruption of the volcano is unlikely to impact travellers unless they intend to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which has obviously been closed. 2,600 park visitors were evacuated on Friday, Hawaii News Now reported.

 

Flights in and out of Honolulu International Airport have not been disrupted, but flights to and from Hilo International Airport on the Big Island were suspended on Sunday as a precaution. However, the airport was not impacted by smoke or ash.

 


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 7 May 2018


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