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Super-hot lava threat for Hawaii as Trump declares disaster

Super-hot lava threat for Hawaii as Trump declares disaster

"Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes in Hawaii County", the government said in a statement late Friday.

"When you start seeing ferns go brown overnight, it's like, 'Wow, I gotta get out of here, '" said Peters, sitting at a Red Cross evacuation center at a sports center in nearby Pahoa. It has destroyed 36 structures, including 26 homes.

Kilauea volcano began erupting lava into a residential neighborhood on the Big Island on May 3.

"Because the lava intrusion is still active and earthquakes are still occurring, we still think there's a decent chance of new eruptive activity at the surface", Steven Brantley said. Additional outbreaks in the general area are also expected.

"The situation remains unstable", she said.

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

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During an evening meeting with community members, an official with the United States Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said that while no new fissures have opened during the last 24 hours, there has been "quite a bit" of ground cracking over the last day and that they were releasing steam.

The danger comes from the lava level that is dropping inside the volcano.

What followed was a flurry of earthquakes as huge volumes of magma - the term for lava beneath the surface - drained back through deep-underground passages that carried the molten rock far downslope. The resulting explosion can blast rock and ash for miles.

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. Fresher magma may also produce lava fountains that shoot higher into the air and larger, faster-moving lava flows.

President Donald Trump has declared Hawaii with volcanic eruptions since last week a disaster zone, as the Big Island braces for more volcanic eruption damage.

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