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.