Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Amount of ash in plume above Hawaii volcano decreases

Amount of ash in plume above Hawaii volcano decreases

She said it was a "real dynamic situation up there" on the summit, and that similar explosive events are still possible.

But despite the latest volcanic activity, experts believe that the incidents were not the "big one" that they are predicting. The earlier explosive eruption produced an ash cloud that reaches as high as 30,000 feet and is drifting to the northeast. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaii National Park staff members were evacuated ahead of the eruption, according to the USGS.

Update: 6:20 a.m.

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"Ballistic blocks" the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

In a Facebook post, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned that the eruption's ash plume will cover the surrounding area. Poland said the explosion likely only lasted a few minutes and that ash accumulations were minimal, with likely trace amounts near the volcano and at the town, named Volcano.

Janet Babb, a spokeswoman for the observatory, said by telephone that the eruptions could carry on "for weeks or months". "I had let my dogs out, and I immediately went out to let them back in". Hawaii issued a red alert on Tuesday after the volcano sent a plume of ash about 12,000 feet into the sky, indicating a major eruption was imminent.

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The United States Geographical Survey has warned that the order to shelter is in place and that evacuations must happen in the area. They also advised those who are located in the area to avoid unnecessary exposure to ash since it can be both an eye and respiratory irritant.

No injuries or deaths were reported, but Hawaii Governor David Ige activated the Hawaii National Guard to provide emergency help. Driving conditions may be risky due to low visibility, the agency warned.

Original: 5:17 a.m.

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People play golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Then, a magnitude 4.4 natural disaster shook the main caldera of the volcano, causing damages to roads and properties within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

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