Hawaii’s Big Island was rocked early Thursday morning by an explosive eruption at the Kilauea Volcano, which sent ash and debris shooting some 30,000 feet into the air and prompted emergency officials to urge everyone near the peak to shelter in place.


“Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s Summit has occurred,” said Hawaii County Civil Defense in a Facebook post. “The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area. The wind will carry the plume toward the southeast.”

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