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

GETTYKilauea has exploded with a massive eruption shooting an ash cloud 30,000ft into the air

GETTYKilauea has exploded with a massive eruption shooting an ash cloud 30,000ft into the air

The Cleveland Volcano, which Murkowski mentioned in her statement, is located in the Aleutian Islands earlier this month, spewing ash 22,000 feet into the air.

Some schools are closed following the explosion but there have been no additional evacuations.

Mount Pinatubo last erupted in 1991, killing more than 350 people in what became the second-largest eruption of the 20th century.

Observatory scientist Steve Brantley says it's too unsafe to send geologists to measure any possible boulders after the summit of the volcano spewed ash about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the air Thursday.

Two hundred miles separate Oahu from the Big Island, where lava flows and the threat of a massive volcanic explosion have drawn worldwide attention to rural subdivisions on the island's east side.

On Wednesday, the USGS recorded about 125 shallow earthquakes around the volcano and nearby areas. He described Thursday so far as a "nice rainy day". But George Szigeti noted that the Big Island is "immense" and there are large parts of the island unaffected by the volcano.

Some Big Island residents had feared "the big one" after Kilauea shot anvil-sized "ballistic blocks" into the visitors' auto park on Wednesday and was rocked by earthquakes that damaged buildings and cracked roads in the park that was closed last week.

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the explosion from the Halemaumau crater happened around 4:15 a.m. on the Island of Hawai'i - also known as the Big Island.

GETTYKilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes
GETTYKilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes

There are occasional bursts of ash coming from the crater causing ash to fall downwind to several communities, though there are only trace amounts, said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"This has relieved pressure temporarily", U.S. Geological Survey geologist Michelle Coombs told a news conference in Hilo.

Dramatic photos show lava pouring into residential neighborhoods around a series of volcanic fissures that have opened.

The lava that has emerged over the last two weeks has destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.

Joe Laceby watches as ash rises from the summit crater of Kilauea volcano on Thursday.

Officials have said they didn't expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of the closed national park.

Steve Gebbie has to wear a face mask every time he comes close to his home on Hawaii's Big Island.

The eruption sent an ash cloud spewing more than nine thousand metres into the air and residents were put under an ash fallout alert.

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