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Alert: Explosive Eruption at Kilauea Volcano Summit Sends Ash 30,000 Feet into Sky

Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:15
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An explosive eruption at Kilauea’s summit Thursday morning sent an ash plume soaring 30,000 feet into the air, and officials warn that ongoing emissions — and future eruptions — could send ash falling over significant portions of the Big Island.  Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the explosion about 4:15 a.m. at Halemaumau Crater was powerful but short-lived, which meant levels of ash dropping on surrounding communities were not as significant as officials had feared.

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