Tue May 15, 2018, 09:15 PM

Hawaii volcano eruption intensifies, triggering 'red' warning

Nicole Darrah By Nicole Darrah | Fox News

'Red air' alert issued for areas near Kilauea volcano
Officials say fissures near Kilauea volcano are releasing high levels of sulfur dioxide; Jeff Paul reports from Hawaii.

Hawaii residents are facing the highest volcanic activity alert after officials warned Tuesday that the Big Island's Kilauea volcano is growing more explosive -- as a massive ash cloud grows in the sky.

The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from "orange" to "red," signifying that an "eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely," or that an eruption is already underway.

“At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent," local officials told Fox News amid the alert, which was issued just before 1:30 p.m. local time.

Nearly 20 fissures have opened since the Kilauea volcano started erupting 12 days ago. On Monday, another fissure spewing lava and unhealthy gas opened up, and a crack in the Earth that emerged a day earlier was sending molten rock on a slow run for the ocean, officials said.


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