Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit confirmed; ash plume to cover surrounding areas

  • A webcam at Kilauea's summit shows the aftermath of an explosive eruption. Courtesy of USGS.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive eruption occurred at Kilauea’s summit at 4:17 a.m. this morning.

The eruption is generating an ash plume as high as 25,000 feet.

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National Weather Service has issued an ashfall advisory until noon. The resulting ash plume will cover surrounding areas and the wind may carry the ash plume toward Ka‘u, Volcano, Mountain View, Keaau and as far as Hilo.

Hawaii County Civil Defense advises residents to protect themselves from ash fallout. Those indoors are advised to stay indoors, close their doors, turn on the radio and listen for updates from authorities.

Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution or pullover and park.

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After the hazard has passed, residents are advised to check their home and catchment system for any impact on water quality.

Due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels, the following schools are closed: Pahoa High and Intermediate School, Pahoa Elementary School, Keonepoko Elementary School, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science and Volcano School of Arts and Science.