"I mean, I expected there would at least be one of the bigger earthquakes just before, or a boom or something". Epic Lava tour operator John Tarson is an early-riser and said he only learned about the eruption because he received an alert on his phone. A video he shared on Facebook showed a towering column of ash reaching into a hazy sky. "The one this morning is definitely the biggest we've seen so far, just in terms of energy and how high up into the atmosphere it got".
It started erupting on May 3, prompting about 2,000 people to flee from their mountainside homes.
The National Weather Service amended their earlier ashfall advisory to end at noon today instead of 8 a.m. Friday. This could cause breathing problems for residents, and there is a risk of elevated levels of volcanic gas.
Aloha Junction Bed and Breakfast owner Robert Hughes says there were a few small earthquakes Wednesday but he heard nothing Thursday when the volcano erupted.
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But he said it was also more hard to determine the word in this particular recording because it is "not real speech". The audio clip bends the question to what is heard, rather than what is seen, and people are fired up about it.
A resident who lives several miles from the summit of a Hawaii volcano says ash fall from an explosive eruption hasn't been too bad.
Fenix Grange of the state Department of Health said 10 new air quality monitors have been installed "circling the rift areas". Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. The other two were from Italy.
"In the old days, people used to love to come see the volcano".
Hazel said Thursday that it was "time to go" after the volcano sent an ash plume high into the sky following two weeks of lava eruptions from fissures that emerged on the flanks of the volcano.
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Television footage showed one church where the yard in front appeared engulfed in fire, with thick, black smoke billowing up. At the moment of the explosion, two apparent civilians are walking into the checkpoint just meters from the motorcycles.
The bill also creates a Volcano Watch Office that will operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to provide continuous situational awareness of all active volcanoes in the US and its territories, such as the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawai'i.
Geologists said it was extremely unlikely Kilauea would have a massive eruption like that of 1790 which killed dozens of people in the deadliest eruption to occur in what is now the United States.
Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983.
The USGS warns that additional eruptions are possible at any time. Geologists predicted such a blast would mostly release trapped steam from flash-heated groundwater. Volcano and other nearby communities may be showered by pea-sized fragments or dusted with nontoxic ash but they aren't expected to get hit by large boulders, she said. The recent instability at Kilauea has involved the movement of molten rock to the east of the volcano's summit, toward Leilani Estates.
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This part of New Hampshire is almost 100 miles from the weather service radars in Gray, Maine and Taunton, Massachusetts. The National Weather Service has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Southwest Virginia.
Some Big Island residents had feared "the big one" after Kilauea shot anvil-sized "ballistic blocks" into the visitors' vehicle park on Wednesday and was rocked by earthquakes that damaged buildings and cracked roads in the park that was closed last week.