Hawaii volcano could begin period of violent eruptions

Explosions in Kilauea's crater, one of the world's most active volcanoes, that erupted nearly two weeks ago sparked an aviation red alert due to risks the ash plume could blow into aircraft routes and damage jet engines.
More explosions are expected and may be more powerful, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) warned.
These steam-driven blasts could send a 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) ash plume out of the crater, hurling 10-12-ton boulders up to half a mile (800 meters) and scatter pebble-sized rocks over 12 miles (19 km), the USGS has said.
This type of eruption has the potential to carpet the Big Island in much thicker ash than current dustings and possibly spread the powder and volcanic smog across the Hawaiian Islands and farther afield if it enters the stratosphere.



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