Ash Plume Reaches 15,000 Feet in Early Morning Summit Eruption

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at Kilauea summit occurred at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The resulting ash plume reached 15,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas, according to officials.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense says the wind is blowing in the Northwest direction and ash fall out may affect the areas of Volcano, Pahala, Naalehu.

​Due to the volcanic activity, Civil Defense is providing the following information:

  •  If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  If you are outside, seek cover
  •  If you are in the car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to likmited 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.

USGS webcam image from the morning of May 29.

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