Authorities urged residents of the surrounding areas to take the nearest shelter
Authorities in Hawaii reported that on the summit of Kilauea volcano occurred “explosive eruption”, whereby a plume of ash and smoke rose up to several thousand meters.
“The resulting eruption ash plume will cover the surrounding area,” – said the Office of civil defense Hawaii urging residents of the Big island to take the nearest shelter.
Authorities urged residents and aircraft to stay as far away from the volcano since then, as he began to erupt, spreading around a cloud of ash and large stones.
Such eruptions, the last of which occurred almost 100 years ago, pose a constant potential threat to the surrounding area of Kilauea – one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
In addition to the ashes and stones, the danger is also sulfur dioxide, which can cause problems with vision and breathing. Authorities urged residents to seek medical care if they are exposed to a gas that expands from 21 volcanic cracks.
Governor David IgE announced the creation of a joint task force, which will deal with the evacuation of residents of the district of puna if lava will block a major highway, isolating the area.
Kilauea, one of five on the island, has erupted periodically over the past 30 years. According to the U.S. geological survey, lava flows from a volcano covered the area of 125 square kilometers.
Scientists can not predict how long the current eruption.