Kilauea volcano erupted on May 4. As that magma flows from the chamber and out of the fissures on the volcano's flanks, the lava level in the center crater falls.
It's uncertain how big the explosions could be but scientists have said that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano appears to be mimicking behavior last seen in 1924. The volcanic vents have oozed relatively cool, sluggish magma left over, according to scientists, from a similar event in 1955.
"It can be very hard to distinguish individual "plumes" from these sulfur dioxide sources with the spatial resolution that we have from OMPS, but we are seeing what seems to be an overall increase that coincides with the latest activity", said Michigan Tech volcanologistSimon Carn.
Volcanologists believe these explosions happen when a lava lake - a large volume of molten lava often contained in a crater or volcanic vent - drops and groundwater is able to seep into the resulting shaft, or lava tube.
Janet Coney, office manager of the Kilauea Lodge, an inn and restaurant, said officials told her lodge employees probably won't have to worry about rocks raining down on them but might experience falling ash.
Hawaii officials have been busy all month urging travelers to keep their plans, even as dramatic images of natural disasters afflicting the islands have been playing non-stop on televisions and social media feeds.
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Scientists worry Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater.
The U.S. Geological Survey said 16 fissures have now opened up on the Big Island. She said the eruption was Pele's way of correcting overpopulation of the island.
"We know what people are going through in Leilani Estates". At the same time, tourism is the island's biggest industry and people's livelihoods are dependent on visitors coming, he said.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt dined with Cardinal accused of sexual abuse: report Kelly: No consideration on leaving White House despite "times of great frustration" Kelly: Trump "embarrassed" by Russian Federation probe MORE on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii as the state deals with damage from a volcanic eruption on its largest island.
"We want to make sure that everybody is still working and people have jobs to go back to", Birch said.
The disaster declaration means that federal assistance will be available for public facilities such as roads, public parks, schools and waterpipes damaged or destroyed by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes.