In Hawaii, Kilauea volcano began erupting. But although the volcano spits million cubic meters of lava, tourists have not yet evacuated. The wind is blowing the other way, so long as no big deal.source: AP Photo / The US Geological Survey
on photo: Kilauea
One of the most active volcanoes in the modern Kilauea on the island of Hawaii (the main island of the Hawaiian archipelago) has reached a new level of activity. Volcanologists call a new stage Kamoamoanskim fissure eruption. During these upheavals in the earth's crust cracks — the channels through which rise to the surface of the huge volumes of magma.
Kamoamoa fissure formed on Saturday. Since then, the lava continues to erupt from two sources located near the craters.
Kilauea is very young. He is only 25 thousand years. And periods of activity occur in it quite often and do not last a year. For example, he "woke up" January 3, 1983 (28 years ago) and since then have not really slept. However, even at the beginning of the active period of the volcano threw five times less lava than now. The official said the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Dr. Mardi Lane, now Kilauea emits each day 2.5 million cubic meters of lava. A sulfur dioxide emissions up to 10 tons per day. In recent years, sulfur dioxide emissions do not exceed 1,700 tons per day in the island (Kilauea — not the only volcano on the island of Hawaii). In 2010 and 2011 they decreased to 300? 400 tons.
So far, according to experts, the eruption is not a threat to the local population and tourists because of the prevailing winds of the southern areas that carry the ashes in the ocean. "While the situation is not a threat. But if the wind direction changes, if there are problems, "- says Lane. At the moment, the national leadership of the park is closed for the passage of the road near the volcano. In spite of everything, most of the attractions of the park are open to visitors.