Pray for the people of Hawaii. This is intense.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted, sending a plume of ash 30,000 feet into the air.
Hawaii Volcano Observatory officials confirmed that there was an explosive eruption at around 4:15 a.m., but they still have yet to assess whether it was a steam-driven explosion that they have been warning residents about for several days.
The explosive eruption happened a day after at least 125 shallow quakes rattled Kilauea’s summit and neighboring communities, causing minor damage to roads and buildings amid growing concerns about that violent, steam-driven eruption at Halemaumau Crater.
Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the situation remains “very, very active and very dynamic.”
She added, “The potential for larger explosions is still there.”
On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued the first ever ashfall advisory for Hawaii.Learn more here: https://t.co/QX0iZGGtuz#Kilauea pic.twitter.com/xl8H4FVM4d
— NWS (@NWS) May 17, 2018
Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit sends ash plume miles into air… https://t.co/lYz5AHST2o
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 17, 2018
Kilauea Erupts "Explosively" From Summit, Sending Huge Plume Of Ash In The Sky https://t.co/KvMw5n06gL
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 17, 2018
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 17, 2018
A red alert has been issued after explosions from #Hawaii's Kilauea volcano intensified. Сlouds of volcanic ash rise in the air at 3.7 thousand meters, that's why it is easy to see even from the @Space_Station . pic.twitter.com/wFwMK6oQN7
— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) May 17, 2018
NEW: An "explosive eruption" has occurred at Kilauea's Summit.
"The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area… you should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume," Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said. https://t.co/p3SCFfNKzS pic.twitter.com/SrTx7KaFYe
— ABC News (@ABC) May 17, 2018
— Mirror Breaking News (@MirrorBreaking_) May 17, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2018
#Breaking: Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has experienced an 'explosive eruption,' sending an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky. Ashfall advisories issued for areas around the volcano. #KOMOnews pic.twitter.com/rk1L9qz7j0
— Cayle Thompson, KOMO (@CayleThompson) May 17, 2018
Stay safe, everyone.