Hawaii volcano erupts six mile-high plume, could blow again within hours

Hawaii volcano erupts six mile-high plume, could blow again within hours

Hawaii volcano erupts six mile-high plume, could blow again within hours

The crater spewing ash sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11 as a safety precaution over risks of a violent eruption. The earlier explosive eruption produced an ash cloud that reaches as high as 30,000 feet and is drifting to the northeast.

Linda Ugalde, a 20-year resident of Volcano, said she heard and felt nothing, but stepped outside of her home at the Volcano Golf Course subdivision about 10 minutes after the alert to find a film of dark gray ash coating the railing on her lanai and the plants in her garden and yard. The ship sails weekly round-trips from Honolulu (Oahu) to Kahului (Maui), Hilo and Kona (Hawaii) and Nawiliwili (Kauai). Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

'The beauty of [the Hawaiian Islands],' Stuart added, 'is that there's a range of diverse destinations for us to be able to change around and adjust the itinerary'. Passenger jets generally cruise at around 30,000 feet, the height of Thursday's plume.

The activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is getting more interesting and more ominous.

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.

"People need to stay inside until the winds shift and the ash has settled", he said.

Such observatories already exist in Hawaii, Alaska, California, Wyoming and Washington, but the legislation would upgrade and integrate the systems, expand the number of volcanoes that are monitored and create a grant program that would support research into emergency technologies.

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USGS scientists had feared an imminent explosive eruption this week, as building pressure from steam vents pushed the lava closer to the surface.

Geologists say the latest eruptions are being caused by lava levels substantially draining at the summit. The eruption has destroyed 37 homes and other structures in a small southeast area of the island and forced around 2,000 people to evacuate their homes.

The Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending ash about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the air. "They'd even take their little postcards, burn one corner in the lava flow, mail them off, stuff like that", Hughes said.

Kevin Kushel, a resident of the island, told AFP that Thursday's plume of smoke could be seen miles away.

Scientists can not say why the eruption is happening now, given that Kilauea has been active for 35 years.

But phreatic eruptions can still pose a deadly threat to anyone near the eruptive vent - and they are extremely hard to forecast, Poland said.

Hawaii County Civil Defense issued the alert at 5:26 a.m., and warned that "the resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area". "We as the scientific community feel we owe it to the people being impacted to get it right and learn as much as we can", he says.

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