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Alert Explosive eruption at Kilauea Volcano summit sends ash 30,000 feet into sky

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An explosive eruption at Kilauea's summit Thursday morning sent an ash plume soaring 30,000 feet into the air, and officials warn that ongoing emissions — and future eruptions — could send ash falling over significant portions of the Big Island.  Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the explosion about 4:15 a.m. at Halemaumau Crater was powerful but short-lived, which meant levels of ash dropping on surrounding communities were not as significant as officials had feared.
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Hawaii volcano erupts in 6-mile-high plume, 'ash fallout' alert

PAHOA, Hawaii, May 17 (Reuters) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spewed ash nearly six miles (30,000 feet/9 km) into the air on Thursday and scientists warned this could be the first of a violent string of explosions in the crater.

"This has relieved pressure temporarily," USGS geologist Michelle Coombs told a news conference in Hilo. "We may have additional larger, powerful events."



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