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PHOTOS: Take a look at some of the most arresting images from Kilauea volcano eruption Kilauea is also a reminder that there are volcanoes in the Western U.S. and in California.

Thursday's steam-driven burst came two days after Halemaumau crater sent "ballistic blocks" of rock and another massive plume of volcanic ash shooting into the sky. The USGS estimates the rock was about 2 feet (0.6 meters) across before it broke up on impact.

But they say they expect no loss of life given that the most exposed residential areas have been evacuated and the region where the volcano is located - on the southeastern part of the island - is not densely populated.

Earlier Thursday morning, a large plume of ash and smoke shot upwards of 30,000 feet into the air.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island this morning sent an ash plume exploding about 30,000 feet high into the atmosphere.

"Ash fall was pretty localised to volcano village area and volcano national park".

The US Geological Survey has raised the alert for the volcano from orange to red, meaning a "major volcanic eruption is imminent, under way, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air".

The National Weather Service issued an ash advisory and then extended it through early evening, and county officials distributed ash masks to area residents. The prohibition applies to a 5-mile radius around the crater.

Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano

Authorities have warned residents to stay away from the neighborhoods evacuated, warning that toxic sulfur dioxide seeping out of almost two dozen cracks in the ground caused by the volcano could prove deadly.

What is happening at Kīlauea is fundamentally different from that 1980 eruption, experts said.

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983 and an uptick in volcanic activity that began two weeks ago has already destroyed at least 26 homes and caused thousands of residents to evacuate.

Poland said the explosion likely only lasted a few minutes and that ash accumulations were minimal, with likely trace amounts near the volcano and at the town, named Volcano.

Steve Gebbie has to wear a face mask every time he comes close to his home on Hawaii's Big Island.

Scientists say more explosions are possible, but it's not known when they could occur. About 20 fissures opened in communities along the volcano's eastern slopes, prompting evacuations of almost 2,000 residents and engulfing dozens of homes in lava.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater "has raised the potential for explosive eruptions" at the volcano.

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes.



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