HAWAII’s Kilauea volcano could be about to come more violent after intensified explosions sent ash clouds 12,000 feet into the sky, triggering a red alert warning. Here is the latest news and updates.
8.29am: USGS says Kilauea ‘explosive eruption could scatter debris 12 miles wide
USGS is warning there could still be an “explosive eruption” of Kilauea, last seen in 1924.
The US scientific agency said pent-up steam could drive a 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) ash plume out of the crater.
This would spread debris over a 12 mile (19 km) radius.
8.23am: Hawaii’s Big Islands tourism bookings plummet by 50 per cent
Summer hotel bookings on Big Island have drop by almost half from last year, according to the Island of Hawaii Visitor Bureau.
One visitor who had planned to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before it was shut was exchange student Constantin Plinke.
The 24-year-old said: ”We had a big list of things to do and maybe 80 percent of them were in the national park. It’s sad.”
8.22am: Fissure 6 becomes active again, Hawaii officials warn
A dormant fissure has begun spewing lava again, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has reported.
Fissure 6, near Leilani Avenue and Pohoiki Road, began spattering out emission at 4.45pm local time on Tuesday (3.45am UK time).