Ki­lauea erupts back into ac­tion

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WORLD -

HAWAII’S Ki­lauea vol­cano has erupted from its sum­mit, shoot­ing a dusty plume of ash about 9km into the sky.

Of­fi­cials on Hawaii’s Big Is­land handed out free masks to pro­tect peo­ple from breath­ing vol­canic ash, while oth­ers were or­dered to take shel­ter.

About half a cen­time­tre of ash was ex­pected to fall in Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park and in nearby com­mu­ni­ties.

“Not your av­er­age wake-up call at the Ki­lauea Vol­cano sum­mit,” the US Geological Sur­vey said of the 4.17am (lo­cal time) blast that lasted a few min­utes.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said res­i­dents liv­ing along the path of the ash plume should take shel­ter, and main­tained a code red avi­a­tion alert sig­nalled on Tues­day, mean­ing no air traf­fic was per­mit­ted in the area.

Geo­physi­cist Mike Poland warned “bal­lis­tic blocks” the size of mi­crowave ovens had shot from the vol­cano.

Ki­lauea is one of the most ac­tive vol­ca­noes in the world and one of five on Hawaii’s Big Is­land.

It started erupt­ing on May 3, prompt­ing about 2000 peo­ple to flee from their homes.

Yes­ter­day’s ex­plo­sion came af­ter two weeks of vol­canic ac­tiv­ity.

Pic­ture: AFP PHOTOT/US GEOLOGICAL SO­CI­ETY/HO

Ash shoots up yes­ter­day as Ki­lauea on Hawaii’s Big Is­land spews forth. The vol­cano has erupted sev­eral times this month.

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