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Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano

There's a lone webcam operating at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory's evacuated observation tower.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted anew before dawn Thursday, shooting a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

Scientists warned on May 9 that a drop in the lava lake at the summit might create conditions for an explosion that could fling ash and refrigerator-sized boulders into the air.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI - MAY 15: People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. A video he shared on Facebook showed a towering column of ash reaching into a hazy sky.

Then he goes to the Volcano Store, a local gathering spot, where he sat with friends and sipped coffee Thursday morning - a ritual not even Kilauea can be disturb also.

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

Lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano in Kapoho, Hawaii.

"Our shelters are set up so we're not downwind from where the gasses are", he said.

Thursday's eruption lasted only a few minutes, said Coombs who called it "a big event that got people's attention, but did not have widespread impact".

But those events were "not the big one" is the reason of the interactions between hot rock and groundwater, Coombs said Tuesday.

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

There has been intense activity around the Kilauea volcano for more than a week.

Hoyt, who also happens to be the mayor pro tem of Walsenburg, is one of two Red Cross volunteers now in Hawaii. The eventual eruptions generated ash clouds more than five miles high which threw blocks weighing as much as 28,000 pounds out of the crater.

HVO's warning came after an explosive eruption at 4 a.m. that day.

Kilauea's volcanic activity is expected to continue, experts told CNN.

Residents as far away as Hilo, about 50 kilometres from Kilauea, were starting to notice the volcano's effects.

Other than phreatic eruptions can still pose a deadly threat to anyone near the eruptive vent - which is somehow extremely hard to forecast, Poland stated.

Mount Pinatubo last erupted in 1991, killing more than 350 people in what became the second-largest eruption of the 20th century.

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