Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano goes 'ballistic'

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano goes 'ballistic'

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.

As deflation continues, strong earthquakes in the area around Kilauea Volcano's summit are expected to continue and may become more frequent.

REUTERS/Terray Sylvester Ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater near the community of Volcano during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., May 15, 2018.

The crater first erupted almost two weeks ago and has forced the evacuation of some 2,000 residents.

The volcano on the Big Island exploded at about 6am.

It is not clear if this was a phreatic eruption, which US Geological Survey officials have been saying is capable of sending ash plumes as far as 12 miles away from the summit. Geologists say these "ballistic blocks" could be the precursor to a.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano goes 'ballistic'
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano goes 'ballistic'

Hara says there are now about 1,200 soldiers and nine UH-60 helicopters now training on the Big Island.

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 Big Island is going to have a lot of vog today and maybe Maui", National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Foster said.

There was no effect on air carrier operations to Hawaii on Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

Hawaii volcano Kilauea is spewing rivers of lava that have unleashed a path of destruction across the Easter side of Hawaii's Big Island.

Two weeks after a series of cracks began opening beneath the area, the lava is showing no sign of stopping. Almost 40 structures have been destroyed as a result of the eruptions, but no deaths or injuries have been reported.

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