Kilauea Volcano Eruption Would Be Extremely Dangerous

May 11, 2018 11:03 am Last Updated: May 11, 2018 11:03 am

Photographers have been gathering to catch that perfect shot of the smaller explosions inside Hawaii’s Kilauea crater, but plumes of ash and steam signal a bigger explosion could be coming.

Glyn Williams-Jones, a volcanologist at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada says that if there are big explosions, large rocks or volcanic bombs could be shot out like a cannon.

“That lands on your head, that’s going to hurt,” he told the CBC.

There is also the threat of toxic acid. “It’s like sucking in battery acid,” Williams-Jones said about breathing in the potentially toxic air.

“I’ve had my clothes disintegrated off me because of that acid, just eating away the cotton,” he added.

The CBC’s Johanna Wagstaffe says there’s little that can be done to prevent the flow of lava.

“Ultimately it’s the volcano that needs to stop erupting that will stop these events,” she said.

The focus on managing volcanic eruptions is on prediction.

The tools in use are advancing, whereby scientists can track deformation and seismic movements to see where the magma is moving underground.

The last time Kilauea had an explosion as big as the one scientists think might be coming was 1924.