Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii - John Seach

High levels of sulphur dioxide emissions from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii have resulted in potential evacuations in Volcano Village area and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A change in winds later today (April 8, Hawaii time) is expected to bring conditions in neighboring Volcano to the highest warning level. Hawaii County Civil Defense issued a warning last night based on expected conditions today, advising evacuations as a precaution from Mauna Loa Estates, Ohia Estates, Volcano Village, Keauhou Ranch, and the Volcano Golf Course Subdivision. An evacuation centre has been opened in preparation. sulphur dioxide vog (volcanic smog) has already reduced visibility to half a mile in Hilo and parts of the lower Puna District. Sulphur dioxide from Kilauea volcano comes from two sources, Halemaumau Crater at the summit and Puu Oo on the east rift zone.
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