‘Ex­cited and scared’: Vol­cano spews ash

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - NATION + WORLD -

HONOLULU » A vol­cano on Hawaii’s Big Is­land erupted anew Thurs­day with lit­tle sound and only mod­est fury, spew­ing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky that be­gan rain­ing down on a nearby town.

The ex­plo­sion at the sum­mit of Ki­lauea came shortly af­ter 4 a.m. fol­low­ing two weeks of vol­canic ac­tiv­ity that sent lava flows into neigh­bor­hoods and de­stroyed at least 26 homes. Sci­en­tists said the erup­tion was the most pow­er­ful in re­cent days, though it prob­a­bly lasted only a few min­utes.

Ge­ol­o­gists have warned that the vol­cano could be­come even more vi­o­lent, with in­creas­ing ash pro­duc­tion and the po­ten­tial that fu­ture blasts could hurl boul­ders the size of cows from the sum­mit.

Toby Hazel, who lives in Pa­hoa, near the moun­tain, said she heard “a lot of boom­ing sounds.” Those came af­ter days of earth­quakes.

“It’s just time to go — it re­ally, re­ally is,” she said, pre­par­ing to leave town.

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