Insane Photos Show Massive Ash Plume Looming Over Hawaii's Big Island

May 17, 2018, 01:06
Insane Photos Show Massive Ash Plume Looming Over Hawaii's Big Island

In turn, National oceanic and atmospheric administration warned that an eruption in the near future may intensify at any moment, the activity can become more explosive, with the intensification of the emission of puffs of ash.

On Tuesday, the volcano's Halemaumau Crater snapped people's attention back to the summit with a commanding display: An eruption produced a towering ash plume from the crater that reached 12,000 feet high at its peak and could be seen for miles. Severe conditions may lead to symptoms such as eye and nose irritation, and coughing.

Hundreds of residents remain under evacuation orders on the Big Island, where at least 20 fissures have opened up at the site of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, and the creeping lava has destroyed numerous homes.

A massive ash plume rising from a fissure on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has caused authorities to issue a red alert for airplanes in the region for the first time since the mountain suddenly ramped up its activity almost two weeks ago. It's also wreaking havoc on Hawaii's famed tourism industry to an estimated tune of millions of dollars in the first week after the May 3 eruption. But these golfers in Hawaii have rounds to go before they sleep.

"We had a big list of things to do and maybe 80 percent of them were in the national park", he said, after stopping by the side of the road to watch ash plumes rising into the air.

The area taking the brunt of the eruption is about 25 miles down Kilauea's eastern flank, near the village of Pahoa. A map of the areas where lava was flowing is available from the USGS.

Authorities on Tuesday reported a new fissure opened up in the adjoining Lanipuna Gardens subdivision, near Leilani Estates subdivision, bringing the number of cracks in the ground spitting out lava and toxic gas to almost 20 since the eruption began May 3.

Several fissures on the lower East Rift Zone are still active, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported this morning, but the lava flow from fissure 17 has not advanced since yesterday.

Scores of people living near the volcano's Halemaumau summit crater have already been evacuated.

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As reports Reuters with reference to Geological service of the us, fly ash and volcanic smog rose to a height of 3657 meters above the crater of Kilauea in a South-westerly direction.

The historic eruption lasted just over a month.

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