HILO, Hawaii – An “explosive” eruption from Hawaii’s Kilauea summit sent a plume of ash soaring 30,000 feet into the air Thursday morning, filling the air with the stench of sulfur dioxide as residents nearby are being urged to shelter in place.
The National Weather Service issued an ashfall advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Friday. USGS Volcanoes reported the explosion around 5 a.m. local time, showing photos at the Halemaumau crater that captured volcanic ash billowing out.
Local residents on the Big Island told Fox News they heard a loud explosion just before dawn.
Connie Carter, who lives near Pahoa told Fox News her mother “felt tiny pebbles hitting the roof.”
“She thought it was the rain at first,” Carter added…. more
Strong explosion at Kilauea volcano sends ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Hawaii
A strong explosion took place at the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea volcano’s summit about 04:15 HST (14:15 UTC) on May 17, 2018, ejecting ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is at Red.
Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 3.6 km (12 000 feet) above sea level and drifting generally northeast.
Activity may again become more explosive at any time, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent… more