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Some Hawaii residents leave as Kilauea spews ash

Some Hawaii residents leave as Kilauea spews ash

"Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are working around the clock to provide critical, up-to-date information to keep Hawaii Island residents safe", Hirono said in a written statement about the legislation that passed Thursday.

In turn, the U.S. Geological survey reported that an eruption occurred at 05:00 local time (18:00 Kiev time). One of the latest shots is a view of a "moonscape" with a massive rock in the middle.

Even so, the county issued guidance to the community, noting that "The danger from this eruption is ash fallout", and added that residents need to protect themselves from the fallout.

"We may have additional, larger events, more powerful events, kind of like what we saw earlier this morning". This generated an impressive ash plume that looks like thick rain.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island this morning sent an ash plume exploding about 30,000 feet high into the atmosphere.

"A lot of my friends from the mainland, they have been inundating me with, 'Are you OK?' A lot of them think we're (just) one island", she said.

A change in wind direction caused gas spewing from fissures to drift northwest towards Pahoa, prompting National guard troops to don gas masks at a nearby road intersection, according to a Reuters reporter.

Fissures, or cracks in the ground, are opening wider and wider by the day.

Because Kilauea is one of the best-monitored volcanoes in the world, scientists hope that data on the event will help them to better predict when similar volcanoes are about to erupt.

"I think it's going to be a series of explosions similar to the one that happened this morning, and that's based on what happened in 1924, which is really our only analog", he said of the almost century old event, which lasted 2-1/2 weeks and killed one person who was hit by a "ballistic block". Several fissures have reactivated, and HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

High levels of sulfur dioxide forcing more schools in the Puna area to close because of the air quality. New radar measurements estimate the volcanic ash plume to reach 30,000 feet.

The National Weather Service amended their earlier ashfall advisory to end at noon today instead of 8 a.m. Friday. He's concerned ash could drift from the Big Island and affect his asthmatic relatives, including his father, or that earthquakes from the volcanic activity could trigger a tsunami.

"When that happens, the groundwater gets superheated, flashes to steam and can generate big explosions", Malone said.