Danger is lurking just below the earth in Hawaii today, as the island state’s Mount Kilauea looks poised to explode into a fiery hellscape of ash and molten rock.
For several days now, the people of Hawaii and the tourists that they rely on for economic stability have been galavanting around paradise under the vengeful eye of mother nature, and the worrisome reality of living within earshot of one of the Ring of Fire’s most active volcanoes.
Mout Kilauea hasn’t erupted in earnest since 2014, with that distinction coming during a 31 year streak of light activity within The Aloha State. Something is much different today, however, as state officials have now issued an “Red Alert”, stating that they believe a massive eruption is inevitable within the next 48 hours.
Officials warned residents and airplanes to stay away from part of Hawaii’s Big Island after a plume of ash from the Kilauea volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air.
Since the Kilauea volcano erupted May 3, it’s been one nightmare after another for residents on the southeastern part of the Big Island.
The US Geological Survey issued a red alert Tuesday, which means a major eruption is imminent or underway and ash could affect air traffic
The USGS’ Michelle Coombs described the situation as ” very hazardous for aviation” and said her team isn’t quite sure what caused Tuesday’s slightly more intense ash emissions.
Incredible photographs from the island chain have been dominating social media in recent weeks, as with bold tourists daring to taunt the Lava Gods in an effort to send home a viral video or two.
Now, officials are reiterating that an active eruption is no time for selfie and hoping that anyone hearing their warnings are also heeding them.
“Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe,” the county’s Civil Defense Agency said. “This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.”
Officials warned residents to leave the area and get medical attention if they’re affected by the gas.
Then there’s dangerous lava. Of the 21 fissures, 17 is the longest, and has been shooting lava like a fountain and “sending spatter more than 100 feet into the air,” the observatory said.
And, if you don’t think that “spattering” lava is an issue, think again.
The extreme heat of the molten rock consumes everything that it touches, and has no sense of taste when it comes to fine, American automobiles either.
Now imagine that unfathomable heat simply falling from the sky in an unpredictable, buckshot-like spray.
We must implore our fans in paradise to heed the warnings of these highly trained officials and stay safe.