Hawaii asks Trump to declare state of disaster for volcano eruption

The Pavlof volcano erupts on Alaska's remote Aleutian Island archipelago in March 2016

The first steam-driven explosive eruptions on Kilauea in almost a century may soon begin, dusting downwind communities with ash that is an eye and respiratory irritant, observatory scientists said.

Gallery of volcanic eruptions.

NASA's space satellites have been monitoring the eruptions and growth of lava fields at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, according to The Weather Channel.

The U.S. Geological Survey said 16 fissures have now opened up on the Big Island. Hotspots include either lava flows or new fissures, which show up as yellow to the ASTER. "As it was described to me, it is so small it could hardly be called a fissure".

The eastern point of Hawaii's Big Island continued to experience temblors from the Kilauea volcano Saturday as local officials urged residents of lower Puna district to be prepared to evacuate on short notice.

The subdivisions of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are under mandatory evacuations, with residents describing fissures in the streets emitting steam or lava. Officials have confirmed 26 homes have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates.

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More than a week after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii residents felt tremors and earthquakes on Friday as molten rock flowed underground towards a rural area where more lava was expected to burst to the surface and threaten homes.

Authorities also ordered workers to remove flammable pentane from a geothermal plant that is near communities that saw lava oozed from cracks in the ground.

Geologists warn that the Kilauea volcano could shoot out large boulders and ash out of its summit crater.

The lowering of the lava lake at the volcano "has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks", the agency said in its statement.

The move makes financial assistance available to fix damaged roads, schools, and public parks.

Travel industry executives note most of the Big Island is free of eruption threats from Kilauea, which began spurting lava into a residential neighborhood last week.

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