PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the summit eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local):
Residents who live in a nearby town are reporting light amounts of ash after a summit eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.
Hawaii County officials say the volcano on the Big Island exploded at 4:17 a.m.
U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland says the explosion likely only lasted a few minutes.
Poland says ash accumulations are minimal and that trace amounts were expected near the volcano and on a nearby town, named Volcano.
About two hours later, Poland said the webcam view showed a dusty plume rising from the summit. It looked like it was a steam and ash plume.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky.
Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, confirmed the explosion on Thursday. It comes after more than a dozen fissures recently opened miles to the east of the crater and spewed lava into neighborhoods.
Those areas were evacuated as lava destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.
The crater sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11.
Officials have said they didn’t expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of park.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days.
This version corrects that the explosion happened at about 4:17 a.m., not 6 a.m.