Geophysicist Confirms Hawaiian Volcano Spurts Ash 30,000 Feet Into Sky

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

A geophysicist confirmed Thursday a Hawaiian volcano spurted ash approximately 30,000 feet into the sky.

Hawaii’s active volcano, Kilauea, had a humongous explosion, shooting dusty ash roughly 30,000 feet into the atmosphere, Mike Poland, a US Geological Survey geophysicist, said, according to The Guardian. The volcano is located inside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

“Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to ongoing seismic activity, summit deflation, and a possible steam explosion at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano,” the park alerted on their website. Most of the park has been closed since May 11 due to the volcano’s predicted eruption.

The eruption happened around 4 a.m. and allegedly lasted for only a couple of minutes, Poland noted. However, the volcano has had small eruptions over the past two weeks, causing lava flows and destroying 26 homes in the process. Kilauea is one of five volcanoes on Hawaii’s Big Island and has been continually erupting since 1983, according to The Associated Press. (RELATED: Red Alert Issued In Hawaii As Massive Plume Billows From Kilauea)

Kilauea’s 1924 eruption shot debris into the sky for 17 days straight.

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