Hawaii volcano erupts from summit, sends huge plume into sky

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Thursday's eruption was the impetus for bringing the bill to the floor for a vote.

Michael Poland of the U.S. Geological Survey, agreed, saying there's no concern that Kilauea could explode like Mount St. Helens did back in 1980.

Kilauea helped Congress bridge the partisan divide in Congress.

At 5 a.m. local time, the start of the plume of ash and dust can be already seen in a photo captured by a webcam in the now-unmanned Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and it shows ash and small rocks raining down on the trees nearby.

Michelle Coombes said the eruption had temporarily relieved some pressure in the volcano but there may be more, larger powerful events.

All that magma flowing from the summit through the underground plumbing to the newly opened fissures caused the lava lake atop Kilauea to drop.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Hawaii Sen. It was co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono also backed the measure.

"With ash eruptions occurring from Kilauea's summit this week, there is a threat of an even larger steam-driven violent explosion".

The measure would strengthen existing volcano monitoring systems and unify them under one connected system.


The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the legislation passed Thursday were implemented it would cost $55 million between 2018 and 2022.

A Hawaii state senator who is also a physician on the Big Island says people should stay indoors until volcanic ash has settled. The eruption has destroyed 37 homes and other structures in a small southeast area of the island and forced around 2,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Authorities have warned residents to stay away from the neighborhoods evacuated, warning that toxic sulfur dioxide seeping out of almost two dozen cracks in the ground caused by the volcano could prove deadly.

Authorities handed out nearly 18,000 masks to help residents deal with the fallout. The eventual eruptions generated ash clouds more than five miles (8 km) high and threw blocks weighing as much as 28,000 pounds (12,700 kg) out of the crater.

There are occasional bursts of ash coming from the crater causing ash to fall downwind to several communities, though there are only trace amounts, said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The eruption of Kilauea began on May 3.

Officials have said they didn't expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of park. Passenger jets generally cruise at around 30,000 feet, the height of Thursday's plume.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes.

The eruption sent an ash cloud spewing more than nine thousand metres into the air and residents were put under an ash fallout alert.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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