Hawaii's Kilauea volcano explodes into eruption

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               Some Hawaii residents leave as Kilauea spews ash        The Latest on the summit eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island

Here's the latest for Thursday, May 17th: Robert Mueller is one year into the Russian Federation probe; President Donald Trump is casting doubt on trade agreement with China; Congo's Ebola outbreak is spreading; Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted from summit.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday, sending ash 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the sky. He has gas masks to protect himself from the toxic fumes and ash. He said he did not hear anything either and is in an area that did not get any ash.

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.

The latest steam-driven burst on Thursday came two days after Halemaumau crater sent "ballistic blocks" of rock and another massive plume of volcanic ash shooting into the sky.

Michelle Coombes from the US Geological Survey said while it was a powerful explosion, it was short-lived.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of five on Hawai'i's Big Island.

"Our shelters are set up so we're not downwind from where the gasses are", he said.

Though disruptive, even painful for people living near Kilauea - especially those who have already lost their homes - the eruption will not significantly affect life on the rest of the Big Island, Poland said.

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It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighbourhoods.

Civil defense workers handed out one ash mask per family member in communities close to Kilauea, such as the village of Volcano, which was expected to receive a 1/32 of an inch (0.8 millimeters) dusting of ash, according to USGS estimates.

The lava lake had drained from the summit crater a number of the months previous - the scenario now being repeated.

Its last explosive eruption took place in 1924.

Most residents found only thin coatings of ash, if they saw any at all, as winds blew much of the 30,000-foot (9,100-metre) plume away from people.

What is happening at Kilauea is fundamentally is dissimilar from that 1980 eruption, experts told. Whereas St. Helens sits along the geologically active boundary of the Pacific Plate, Kilauea and the other Hawaiian volcanoes are powered by inside the Earth's mantle.

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

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