Published: Friday 18 May, 2018

PHOTOS Eruption Rocks Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, People Told to Seek Shelter

The long-awaited explosive eruption of Mount Kilauea volcano finally happened Thursday morning. The eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sent ash 30,000 feet into the air, according to he U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). residents have been advised to seek shelter.

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Ash from Kilauea rains down after an explosive eruption Thursday morning. (U.S. Geological Survey/HVO via AP)

An explosive eruption at Kilauea volcano had been predicted for days. The US Geological Survey says the eruption took place at 04:15 local time. It comes after dozens of fissures opened up around the volcano and spewed lava, destroying homes and forest land. Those areas had been evacuated since last week. 

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Around 30 residences have been burned since Kilauea began erupting lava through fissures around the volcano. 

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It has been erupting continuously for years though not explosively. Its last explosive eruption was in 1924.

Local officials say they don’t expect the eruption to be deadly as long as people heed the warnings of the authorities to stay indoors.

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An ash plume from Kilauea’s eruption two days ago. (KIMBERLY BISHOP/via REUTERS)