Hawaii Residents Asked To ‘Prepare and Review Emergency Plans’ As Volcano Rumbles
Hawaii is known as one of the most exotic and beautiful vacation resorts in the world. However, as many of its residents understand, the island is built on volcanic lands. And for Hawaii’s thousands of residents, that means volcanoes and earthquakes.
Hawaii residents are currently being asked to “prepare and review” volcano emergency preparational information. Kilauea Volcano is now being placed at the center of a volcano watch. The active volcano is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which is now closed off because of “the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity.”
This week there have been hundreds of earthquakes stemming from Kilauea volcano getting more and more active. Most of the quakes have been around 2.0 and were a direct result of a crater floor collapsing inside of Kilauea volcano. This has caused at least 250 minor earthquakes.
While the shaking has been negligible at best, the quakes are a further indication that Kilauea Volcano might be ready to blow its top.
“It has now become unnerving,” one resident told CNN’s Hawaii affiliate.
“It’d be like the house would shake. It’d be like somebody that weighs 300 pounds came in my living room, and jumped up and down,” she said.
The USGS had this to say:
“An outbreak of lava from the lower East Rift Zone remains a possible outcome of the continued unrest,” according to USGS in a Wednesday night update. “At this time it is not possible to say with certainty if or where such an outbreak may occur, but the area downrift (east) of Pu’u ‘Ō’ō remains the most likely location.”
The following areas are being warned to prepare for the potential of an eruption.
- Leilani Estates
- Nanawale Estates
All residents are urged to prepare for a volcano at this juncture. However, it would only make sense that people living near active volcanoes always be prepared. Refer to our volcano facts and survival guide for more in-depth information over volcanoes in general.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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