UPDATE: Explosive Eruption Occurs at Kilauea’s Summit

Updated at 7 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports that the volcanic cloud produced reaches as high as 30,000 feet asl and drifted northeast. Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 12,000 ft asl.

“At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,” officials say.

Updated at 6 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 4:17 a.m.

The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume north toward Kau, Volcano, Mt. View, Kea’au and as far as Hilo.

Should this occur, the following are advised:

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If this event occurs while you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

Original story published at 5:23 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea’s summit has occurred.

Officials say the resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area. Anyone in the area of the ash plume should shelter in place.

Driving conditions will be dangerous. Anyone driving should pull off the road until visibility improves.

As of 4:45 a.m., Hawai`i County Civil Defense reported the incident but details about the explosion are still forthcoming.

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USGS/HVO webcam image.