Vol­cano erupts emit­ting huge plume of ash

The Irish Times - - World News -

Hawaii’s Ki­lauea vol­cano has erupted from its sum­mit, shoot­ing a dusty plume of ash about 30,000ft into the sky.

Mike Poland, a geo­physi­cist with the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey, con­firmed the ex­plo­sion yes­ter­day.

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

About 2,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated as lava de­stroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other struc­tures.

The crater sits within the Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park, which has been closed since May 11th. Of­fi­cials have said they did not ex­pect the ex­plo­sion to be deadly as long as peo­ple re­mained out of the park.

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