'Ash fallout' alert after Hawaii volcano erupts in 30000-foot plume

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As deflation continues, strong earthquakes in the area around Kilauea Volcano's summit are expected to continue and may become more frequent. They expect similar and possibly stronger explosions to occur from the summit crater.

Cracks formed on a highway near the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, said the Hawaii Police Department.

Park officials say the earthquakes also caused noticeable structural damage in park buildings, and left behind a web of earth cracks and uneven road surfaces on Highway 11 and other park roadways.

The highway is the main thoroughfare for residents living in Volcano and Kau.

The natural disaster also created sizable cracks and floor shifting in the park's Visitor Emergency Operations Center and caused a temporary loss of power and ruptured several water lines.

The plume of ash will cover the areas surrounding Kilauea, and the wind is predicted to carry the ash toward the southeast. Gen. Kenneth Hara will have the authority to command both National Guard and active duty military forces in the task force. A 4.0 quake hit at 11:36 a.m. You should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume.

"Protect yourself from ash fallout", it said.

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An explosive eruption has rocked the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, vomiting a large plume of ash almost nine kilometres into the sky early Thursday.

On Tuesday, the volcano discharged ash because of rocks falling into the summit, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland said.

USGS geologists and staff were evacuated from the summit shortly before the blast and a webcam showed a gray plume of ash and chunks of magma known as pyroclasts that showered the volcano's slopes.

While the ash being launched into the sky is not poisonous, Hawaii County officials have warned residents about toxic sulfur dioxide seeping out of 21 fissures caused by the volcano.

Because of the ash, USGS scientists operated from a backup command center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Yesterday, consistent large rock falls into Halema'uma'u Crater created the tallest and largest series of ash plumes yet observed since the change in volcanic activity began.