Hawaii On Volcano Watch After Hundreds Of Earthquakes Spark Eruption Fears

by | May 3, 2018 | Emergency Preparedness, Headline News | 13 comments

Hawaii is on volcano watch after a series of earthquakes struck the island in less than 72 hours.  Hundreds of quakes were reported before the Kilauea Volcano was put on watch as a volcano that could potentially erupt.

The Kilauea Volcano is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has since closed off nearly 15,700 acres due to “the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity.” But most of the park remains open, according to a statement released by the park.

Officials are now keeping a very close watch on the Kilauea volcano, which is one of the world’s most active while residents in the area are being urged to prepare an eruption and review emergency plans in case of evacuation, warned the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency on Wednesday.

According to CNN, since Monday, hundreds of earthquakes (most of them around a 2.0 magnitude) have been recorded in the area. The series of earthquakes came after a collapse of a crater floor of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano.  Since that fateful collapse on Monday, about 250 earthquakes were reported in the area stretching into Tuesday evening, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report.

The tremors have been going on for days now, causing residents to fear an imminent eruption. Many residents have been reporting nearly constant ground vibrations in some areas. “It has now become unnerving,” Carol Shepard, a resident, told CNN affiliate KHON. She said the flurry of earthquakes seemed to happen every minute. “It’d be like the house would shake. It’d be like somebody that weighs 300 pounds came in my living room, and jumped up and down,” she said.

Although it’s impossible to determine if, let alone when an eruption would occur, scientists felt it was necessary to warn residents of the volcano’s recent activity.

The US Geological Survey said no steam or heat were seen escaping through the cracks. They added that the cracks were small, only about several inches across. These cracks are appearing from “deformation of the ground surface due to the underlying intrusion of magma,”  which is the molten rock that is underground, according to the agency.
“An outbreak of lava from the lower East Rift Zone remains a possible outcome of the continued unrest,” according to USGS in a Wednesday night update. “At this time it is not possible to say with certainty if or where such an outbreak may occur, but the area downrift (east) of Pu’u ‘Ō’ō remains the most likely location.”

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    13 Comments

    1. the blame-e

      Well, I’m sorry Mac. It’s not the Yellowstone “Super Duper” volcano eruption you wanted so much. I guess Hawaii will just have to do.

      • Beaumont

        Activity can generally be traced, in a direct line, on the global fault system.

    2. CH3CH2OH

      “Many residents have been reporting nearly constant ground vibrations in some areas. “It has now become unnerving,” …”

      You built your home on an active volcano. What did you expect? Democrats sure aren’t very smart.

      • the blame-e

        These people build their homes on a live volcano and then, as George Carlin said, “wonder why there’s lava in the living room.”

    3. Ethanolondemand

      “Ring of Fire” ring a bell?

      • I Sean

        It does, and this ain’t part of it.

    4. Heartless

      overheard across the islands, “where the hell are the virgins?!?!?!”. (ʻAuhea nā kaikamāhine )

    5. Sgt. Dale

      Growing new land.
      Sgt.

    6. Brian

      There’s one place in America where housing prices aren’t appreciating.

    7. Brian

      Living on that island would be almost like paradise. Beautiful starry nights, coconut trees, beautiful flowers, hula dancers, and an erupting volcano. What more could anyone want? Maybe a fast speed boat or a helicopter?

    8. rellik

      I can address as I live very close to this!
      We are getting warnings about roads getting cracks due to seismic activity, not lava, although that could happen at anytime in that area. There is one road so bad they closed it. I know this area as I have acquaintances there.
      I haven’t noticed any increase in earthquakes. I spent a good portion of my morning in Hilo only miles away and did not notice anything.
      But I’ll bet those people in the Puna district are shitting skittles.

      Off subject.
      I now have 10.5 kW (PTC)of solar panels in my shop .
      That is probably 8.5 kW realistically.
      Thanks to a fellow SHTF guy commenting about an obscure
      supplier, I got a phenomenal price on a very good product.
      For Hawaii $0.60 per watt sitting in your shop is phenomenal.
      Hanwha is about the worlds second largest solar cell
      supplier. If you read Forbes you get trade names,
      But I’ve tried to import panels and learned those
      “trade names” mean nothing. Trina for example probably has
      at least 10 different factories operating as Trina.
      Try to get a “Trina” panel through customs and you’ll discover
      the truth.
      My size system is probably larger than most
      here would put together, but I have two houses and
      a shop to run. My criteria was that no one would
      notice the difference between the government power or
      mine.
      Too bad we can’t search comments or I’d name the guy
      making that comment that saved me $4,000.
      Supplier was Santan and I’m not associated with them at all.
      You don’t always need the latest and greatest.
      But you get what you need( sorry rolling stones).

    9. Tos

      I know many who who live in Puna. They moved there to get off grid and the BI is a great way to do that. Leave politics out of it!

      I was there for Iselle and June 27th flow at Christmas 2014 when Pahoa was “going down, no doubt.” My friends called me the “lava whisperer” while others were stowing gin on Pele but whatever; the flow stalled.

      This eruption in Leilani Estates is ominous, IMHO. Listen, MANY folks on BI are good people, some of those who have gotten off the grid for a better life. Different from the Honolulu mentality. Eastern BI is way different than Kona side.

      Be kind and think good thoughts for these guys. BI and all the islands are very susceptible to shortages but they just might make it when SHTF (in whatever guise) because they have a certain mentality that I don’t see often here on the mainland.

      PS – Nix the tired argument about “how stupid to live on/near a volcano” when (if?) you (can?) realize how many people in the US live on or near a volcano.

    10. Beaumont

      The reportedly warn tens of thousands of Hawaiians of mandatory evacuations, but struggled to process a Mexican convoy of only a couple of hundred.

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