Bigger belch at summit: Residents given masks to protect against ash

  • People watch from Volcano as ash rises from the summit crater of Kilauea volcano Thursday.

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  • This Thursday, May 17, 2018 image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a view of the ash plume resulting from an early morning explosion at Kilauea Volcano, in Hawaii. The volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky. Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, confirmed the explosion on Thursday. It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighborhoods. (U.S. Geological Survey/HVO via AP)

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Cracks from recent earthquake activity stretch across Highway 11 Thursday in Volcano.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Members of Hawaii County Civil Defense, Community Emergency Response Teams and Hawaii Police Department prepare to go door-to-door Thursday in Volcano to talk to residents about potential ash fall.
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    Mary Henderson hands out particulate masks to residents Thursday at the Pahala Community Center.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald State Department of Public Health nurse Deborah Brown explains to residents how to fit particulate masks Thursday at the Pahala Community Center.

An explosive eruption at Kilauea’s summit — the largest of three this week — ejected ash as high as 30,000 feet above sea level Thursday morning, but had minimal impact on the ground.