UPDATE: Early Morning Explosive Event at Kilauea’s Summit

Updated at 1 p.m.

The explosive eruption that occurred at 3:45 a.m. this morning at the Kilauea summit resulted in an ash plume that reached a height of 8,000 feet, according to officials.

Ash has been reported in communities downwind of Kilauea.

The public should take action to avoid exposure to ash.

Original story published 4:29 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit occurred at about 3:45 a.m..  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that the wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.

Photo: Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent webcam. Last updated at 11:39 a.m.