Kilauea lava affects many Hawaii residents

The Turrialba volcano spews smoke and ash in May 2016 in Cartago Costa Rica. Experts say it is the strongest eruption from the volcano in the past six years

The White House announced Friday night that federal funding had been approved for local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that began early last month.

"This is an important learning process for students to observe these processes first hand so that they are prepared for working and informing public of the necessary actions to take when called upon in their careers". "They should have a plan A, a plan B and a plan C", said Roann Okomura, an official at one of the evacuation shelters. Both are pet-friendly. It's the second time in a week the park has shut down.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory measured a temperature of 103 degrees C (218 degrees F) at a crack in Leilani Estates on Wednesday.

"We have wonderful Realtors with a fantastic work ethic and community spirit", said Kehaulani Costa, executive director of the Hawaii Island Realtors. However, he also noted that tourism is the island's biggest industry and people's livelihoods are dependent on visitors coming. That makes the danger too great to allow people in the park.

Officials have confirmed 26 homes have now been destroyed by lava in Leilani Estates. There are now 15 of the vents spread through the Leilani Estates and neighboring Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods. 1,700 people have been evacuated.

The volcano, which has been spitting and sputtering lava for a week, has also imperiled a geothermal energy plant, the Puna Geothermal Venture plant.

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Some residents are anxious about the geothermal energy plant that once housed 50,000 gallons of flammable material and some residents of Hawaii's largest island are untouched by the lava's damage.

Geologists are warning a possible explosion at the summit of Kilauea could be the largest in almost 100 years, hurling boulders the size of refridgerators.

If you're within several miles, you could be within range of smaller rocks the size of marbles, he said, and 20 miles downwind "you would see fine ash floating from the sky like snow", he added. "If you're near the crater, within half a mile, you could be subject to ballistic blocks weighing as much as 10 or 12 tons", Donald Swanson of the Obervatory tells The Washington Post.

The threat of violent explosions prompted authorities to close the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Friday until further notice.

It's uncertain how big the explosions could be but scientists have said that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano appears to be mimicking behavior last seen in 1924.

The steady lowering of the lava lake within Halemaumau at the summit of Kilauea Volcano has increased the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks. From its peak on May 2 to the most recent measurement at 9 p.m. on May 6, the lava lake surface dropped a total of more than 200 meters (656 feet).

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