Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has erupted anew before dawn, shooting a steely grey plume of ash from its summit about 9,100 metres into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.
“This has relieved pressure temporarily,” US Geological Survey geologist Michelle Coombs told a news conference in Hilo.
“We may have additional larger, powerful events.”
The explosion happened about 4:00am (local time) after two weeks of volcanic activity that sent lava flows into neighbourhoods and destroyed dozens of homes.
Scientists said the eruption was the most powerful in recent days, though it probably lasted only a few minutes.-ABC
— ian leonard (@ian_leonard) May 16, 2018
Full alert from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory/Hawaii County Civil Defense below pic.twitter.com/xEZy7mm60i
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) May 17, 2018
For an entire week, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano has been spewing lava. And now, a new threat: The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory identified a new fissure in the ground, the 15th surface crack where lava and gasses are escaping: https://t.co/7y2SOoONpn pic.twitter.com/Aq13quQwbW
— Getty Images (@GettyImages) May 11, 2018
— USGS (@USGS) May 15, 2018
? The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Sunday that the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has traveled more than half a mile, and aftershocks continue to shake the region. https://t.co/sbmTxjaArK pic.twitter.com/WngBT7MbyK
— NPR (@NPR) May 7, 2018
Aerial footage shows new fissures opening up in Hawaiian volcano pic.twitter.com/aaCzpPke60
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 15, 2018
"Ballistic blocks" shot from Kilauea's Halemaumau crater Wednesday, which USGS says it is the first time such an event has been seen at the Hawaiian volcano in nearly a century. https://t.co/I2Vfn4dH3J
— NPR (@NPR) May 17, 2018
Employees at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park & nearby residents are reporting frequent ground shaking and damage to roads and buildings. Hawaii County Police reports cracks across Highway 11 between mile markers 28 & 29, reports @USGSVolcanoes
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 17, 2018
#BREAKING: The ash plume from Halemaumau Crater is now as high as 12,000 feet above sea level, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says. An ashfall advisory has been issued for the Ka'u District, and ash and vog have been reported in Pahala. #hawaii #volcano ?#HNN pic.twitter.com/FWoNDIYYbm
— Sunny (@Sunshine_riley) May 16, 2018
Today's Hawaiian eruptions, by Primary Focus Hawaii.
— Rockodile Boyce (@volcanojulie) May 9, 2018
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— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 17, 2018
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— Lejon (@Quasarglow1000) May 13, 2018
Red alert issued for Hawaii as Kilauea sends ash plume 3.6km into air The ash, reported by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, prompted geologists to issue a 'red' alert – the highest possible volcanic activity warning. pic.twitter.com/4FW9ipLHDL
— Brandi Saari (@brandilmelb) May 16, 2018