Scientists are warning that an explosive eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is possible as the “lava lake” — which has been emptying through new rifts east of the crater — lowers to a point where groundwater can rush in which would then quickly turn to steam and explode.

From the USGS:

Scientists say conditions today are very similar to 1924 when the eruption sent “columns of ash and tons of rock that landed more than half a mile away.

Here’s a 3D model of what’s going on inside the crater:

Yesterday, a small landslide did cause this mini explosion as a taste of things to come:

And check out this video from a homeowner who captured this scene in his own backyard:

More photos of the damage:

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