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‘Ballistic Blocks’ Shooting From Kilauea’s Crater, USGS Says

‘Ballistic Blocks’ Shooting From Kilauea’s Crater, USGS Says
May 17, 2018 Elijah James Logan

“Ballistic blocks” shot from Kilauea’s Halemaumau crater Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which says it is the first time such an event has been seen at the Hawaiian volcano in nearly a century. “This morning dense ballistic blocks up to 60 cm (2 feet) across were found in the parking lot a few hundred yards from Halemaumau,” USGS wrote in an advisory on Wednesday. “These reflect the most energetic explosions yet observed and could reflect the onset of steam-driven explosive activity.” “Further observations are necessary to asses this interpretation. Additional such explosions are expected and could be more powerful,” it cautioned. A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region early Wednesday and another 3.5-magnitude temblor was felt around noon. The quakes “caused noticeable structural damage” in buildings at the state’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” according to Hawaii Public Radio. As Hawaii News Now reports: “Geologists say the quakes are being caused by the

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