Hawaii on 'Red Alert' After Huge Ash Cloud Bursts From Kilauea Volcano

Hawaii on 'Red Alert' After Huge Ash Cloud Bursts From Kilauea Volcano

Hawaii on 'Red Alert' After Huge Ash Cloud Bursts From Kilauea Volcano

Michelle Coombs of the USGS described it as " very hazardous for aviation", and said her team isn't quite sure what caused Tuesday's slightly more intense ash emissions.

People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Severe conditions may lead to symptoms such as eye and nose irritation, and coughing.

Volcanic gas and lava have destroyed 37 homes and structures and prompted the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory is reporting that fissures 18 and 13 were briefly active overnight, but that 18 is slowing, and fissure 13 is no longer active, county officials said.

The eruption has hit the island's tourism industry.

For one, the impacted area is on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, also known as Hawaii - so named for being the largest island in the state. But these golfers in Hawaii have rounds to go before they sleep.

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The area taking the brunt of the eruption is about 25 miles down Kilauea's eastern flank, near the village of Pahoa. Its fountaining had diminished, and a lava flow from the vent that was heading east, toward a major highway, had slowed to a few than tens of yards every hour.

The new burst of ash came as a new fissure opened on the Big Island, where the crater is located, bringing to 20 the total number of lava-oozing cracks caused by the volcano eruption on May 3.

Geologists have warned that Kilauea's summit could have an explosive steam eruption that would hurl boulders and ash miles into the sky.

No major injuries or deaths have been reported from the eruption.

A looming menace remains the risk of an "explosive eruption" of Kilauea, an event last seen in 1924. Spectacular snaps capture lava spewing down the side of Kilauea, ash spitting from craters and plumes of smoke rising thousands of feet in the air.

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