Another explosive eruption reported at Kilauea’s summit

An explosive eruption at Kilauea’s summit occurred shortly before midnight, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

An ash cloud from the short-lived eruption reached as high as 10,000 feet. Ash was carried to the southwest towards Ka‘u.


Trace ash might be seen along Highway 11, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The eruption occurred at 11:58 p.m. Friday.

Several explosive eruptions have produced ash but with minimal impact this week.


Civil Defense said the danger from the eruption is ash, which is not toxic, but can irritate the throat or lungs and create hazardous driving conditions.

Residents are advised to stay indoors with windows closed when ash is falling. Afterward, residents with catchment water tanks should check their systems for water quality.

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