Hawaii volcano erupts from summit, sends huge plume into sky

Lava spits out from a fissure created by the eruption of Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii

"You should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume", county officials said.

The volcano.it's a real dynamic situation up there. we could have additional events like this morning that punch up and then die back down really quickly. we could have more sustained ash.

Driving conditions in the area may be unsafe and drivers are advised to pull off the road until visibility improves, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

"Protect yourself from ash fallout", it said. More masks are on the way.

Pahoa fire station recorded a "red level" of sulfur dioxide, meaning the gas would cause choking and an inability to breathe, Fenix Grange of the Hawaii Department of Health told a news conference in Hilo.

But they expect them to continue.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory warned: "At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent".

As per the Poland view, the greatest impact was to an area within a few hundred yards of the summit's eruptive vent.

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Coombs called the 4:17 a.m. eruption as the "the biggest so far" at the summit and that it may have relieved pressure temporarily in the caldera at Halemaumau Crater.

Ash emissions from the summit at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano decreased, prompting the cancellation Wednesday of an ash fall advisory.

Earlier Thursday morning, a large plume of ash and smoke shot upwards of 30,000 feet into the air.

Recent explosions have been steam-driven, occurring when water beneath the ground or on the surface is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks or new volcanic deposits, the USGS says.

The staff at the volcano observatory has been evacuated as well.

He was more concerned that people staying in an area authorities are concerned about will lose their utilities.

"They'd even take their little postcards, burn one corner in the lava flow, mail them off, stuff like that", he said. The state of Hawaii continues to be open for business.

As the molten rock dropped below the level of the water table, it seems like, that the water in the surrounding rock started pouring into the vacated chamber - much the way water rushes to fill a recently dug well, said Charlotte Rowe, a geophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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