US President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Hawaii to free up federal funds to help recovery efforts following days of volcanic activity that has threatened residential areas.
A new fissure opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Saturday, spewing magma and piling red and black lava about 40 feet high.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory raid there was “no significant lava flow” from the fissure, but cautioned that “conditions could change quickly.”
The volcano has been active for years, but an uptick in eruptions and earthquake activity in recent days has increased the risk for residents of Big Island.
Trump’s declaration allows federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts in areas affected by the volcanic eruption and earthquake.
Governor David Ige thanked the president for the federal disaster…