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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts, launching plume of ash

17 May 2018

Residents who live in a nearby town are reporting light amounts of ash after an eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

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.

The eruption from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been so massive, astronauts said they could easily see it from space.A.J.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency issued a warning to those in the pathway of the Hawaii volcano ash plume, saying people should shelter in place.

The plume of ash will cover the areas surrounding Kilauea, and the wind is predicted to carry the ash toward the southeast.

"Driving conditions may be risky so if you are driving pull off the road and wait until visibility improves", an alert from the observatory warned. "These reflect the most energetic explosions yet observed and could reflect the onset of steam-driven explosive activity", it explained. A BBC report notes that this causes stress on the volcano's base, fueling eruptions.

Officials have said they didn't expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of the closed national park.Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The volcano on the Big Island exploded at about 6 a.m. Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the explosion likely only lasted a few minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts, launching plume of ash