Kilauea eruption propels ash 5 miles into sky

Officials are warning that ash emissions will cover a large part of the Big Island after an explosive eruption this morning.

The explosive eruption happened a day after at least 125 shallow quakes rattled Kilauea’s summit and neighboring communities.

Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the situation remains “very, very active and very dynamic.”

She added, “The potential for larger explosions is still there.”

Geologists say the quakes are being caused by ongoing deflation at the summit as lava levels continue to decline. As of yesterday afternoon, the floor of the Kilauea caldera has dropped about 3 feet.

According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, rocks up to 2 feet wide were hurled from the crater to a parking lot hundreds of yards away.

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via Ice Age Now

May 17, 2018 at 10:07PM

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