Eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano sends ash 30000 feet into air

Eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano sends ash 30000 feet into air

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI - MAY 15: People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

The Observatory said residents living along the path of the ash plume should take shelter, and maintained a code red aviation alert signaled on Tuesday, meaning no air traffic was permitted in the area.

The area southeast of Kilauea volcano's summit is in a rural, remote part of Hawaii Island on its eastern edge, far from any major resort areas.

USGS geologists and staff were evacuated from the Kilauea summit shortly before the blast and a webcam showed a grey plume of ash and chunks of magma known as pyroclasts that showered the volcano's slopes.

Two astronauts also reported being able to see an ash plume from the volcano from space earlier this week.

Hawaii's emergency management agency advised people in the area affected by ash to stay in their homes if possible.

"Just a little while ago we had something that sounded like thunder", Hoyt said.

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Scientists warned on May 9 that a drop in the lava lake at the summit might create conditions for an explosion that could fling ash and boulders the size of fridges into the air. "We all live in a circle around this volcano", said Benevides, 55.

The crater spewing ash sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11 as a safety precaution over risks of a violent eruption. "And it is not likely to turn into some catastrophic event", he added further.

The mayor of Hawaii said the eruption site and the lava flow are in a very small portion of the island.

"A volcanic eruption is a big deal, but the world isn't ready to come to an end down here", he said.

By a co-accident, on the Thursday's explosive event comes one day before the 94th anniversary of that death and on the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. The eventual eruptions generated ash clouds more than five miles high which threw blocks weighing as much as 28,000 pounds out of the crater.

Civil defense workers handed out one ash mask per family member in communities close to Kilauea, such as the village of Volcano, which was expected to receive a 1/32 of an inch (0.8 millimeters) dusting of ash, according to USGS estimates.

Phreatic eruptions are "much more random", Poland said.

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