Volcano erupts in Hawaii

People watch as ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater near the community of Volcano.

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

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