'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

Michelle Coombes from the US Geological Survey said while it was a powerful explosion, it was short-lived.

The noxious gas, normally emitted at risky levels only from the volcano's Halemaumau Crater, was seeping at a greater rate from the fissures in Leilani Estates, a residential area of about four square miles in the Big Island's Puna district.

"Protect yourself from ash fallout", it said.

A timelapse video from a camera on the Gemini Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii captured the ash cloud exploding high in the atmosphere from the Kilauea volcano just before dawn on May 17, 2018.

And now, scientists are warning that an explosive eruption may occur at the summit crater within weeks.

USGS geologists and staff were evacuated from the Kilauea summit shortly before the explosion.

In Hawaii on Thursday, may 17, there was another eruption of Kilauea volcano. He's making sure the hundreds of evacuees that are using the shelter have food and a place to sleep, as well as any comfort they need during the stressful time.


The activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is getting more interesting and more ominous. "It's not going to be the only one".

Scientists say earthquakes may shake loose rocks underground and open up new tunnels for lava to flow.

Meanwhile, gas emissions remain high around Pahoa and other parts of lower Puna as the East Rift Zone eruption continues.

The masks do not protect against sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas that is still seeping from 21 fissures caused by volcanic activity. It's been sluggish and somewhat cooler as a result, she said. This type of eruption has the potential to carpet the Big Island in much thicker ash than current dustings.

"Volcanic eruptions, like the one in Hawaii and the one earlier this month at Cleveland Volcano in Alaska, are vivid reminders of why it is so critical to have continuous and reliable monitoring systems", U.S. Sen. New radar measurements estimate the volcanic ash plume to reach 30,000 feet.

News coverage of the Big Island events have been pretty balanced, Tolentino said, but noted that inaccuracies have not helped, especially when a national news outlet reported Oahu residents were forced to evacuate.

Although she could not say with certainty, Coombs said that the event appeared consistent with the dropping lava lake hitting ground water, as geologists have been expecting.

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