Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts, 30,000-Foot Ash Plume

NBC News reports:

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky. The explosion came at about 6 a.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) after two weeks of volcanic activity and the opening of more than a dozen fissures east of the crater that spewed lava into neighborhoods, said Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Residents who live in a nearby town reported light amounts of ash falling following the eruption.

The BBC reports:

Staff at the volcano observatory and the national park had previously been evacuated. Since a new zone of Mount Kilauea began erupting almost two weeks ago, lava has wrecked dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to be evacuated. A red aviation code had already been issued – warning pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud. The USGS had warned that an explosive eruption at Kilauea was becoming more likely as the volcano’s lava lake was lowering.