Kilauea is considered as one of the most active and dangerous volcanos that is located in the Hawaiian Islands. And recently, on Thursday Kilauea volcano erupted, sending fountains of lava gushing out of the ground on the eastern side of the island. And then two major earthquakes shook on Friday, jolting inhabitants, who were increasingly threatened by a volcanic eruption that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
When Kilauea volcano eruptped, the island shook at regular intervals, but especially it is occurred mainly on Friday. A 5.6-magnitude quake hit south of the volcano about 11:30 a.m. local time, followed about an hour later by a 6.9-magnitude temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. “Everything is still elevated,” agency administrator Talmadge Magno said. “It kind of gets you nervous.” A lot of people had been evacuated their homes on Friday afternoon, taking refuge at local churches, Red Cross shelters, and with family and friends in other parts of Hawaii.
Gabbard warned that, in some ways, the threat from the sulfur dioxide gas could be more dangerous than the lava flows, which had stopped in places after the eruption. “Sulfur dioxide gas can be so toxic and thick in some areas that it can be fatal, especially to those who have respiratory illnesses,” Gabbard said. “The wind can push [the gas] in different directions, so that’s a very serious concern given the high levels and, you know, people don’t necessarily have the kinds of protective gas masks that they would need if they were right in the thick of this gas.” Lava again threatened the Puna district in 2014, especially specifically the town of Pahoa and the surrounding area. During that event, lava flowed as quickly as 20 yards per hour, and up to 60 structures were at risk.