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Ash Plume at HVNP Captured in Photos, School Closes

May 15, 2018, 5:01 PM HST (Updated May 15, 2018, 5:08 PM)
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Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed Wednesday, May 16, 2018, due to the potential ash fall and dangerous driving conditions. For more information on the closure visit their website https://www.volcanoschool.net/.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that at At 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, this photograph taken from the Jaggar Museum, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, captures an ash plume rising from the Overlook crater.

Ash falling from the plume can be seen just to the right side (and below) the plume. Click to enlarge (USGS Photo)

At 1:38 p.m. another dark ash plume rose from the Overlook crater. During a flight earlier today by the Civil Air Patrol, the height of the ash plumes near the crater rose to more than 3 km (9,800 ft) above sea level, and downwind the plumes continued to rise to about 3.5 km (11,500 ft) above sea level.

Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)

At 1:38 p.m. ash falls from the plume southwest from Halema‘uma‘u crater onto the Kau desert.

The northeast tradewinds were persistent today at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, so ash was only blown southwest. Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)

At 1:38 p.m. a telephoto photo from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory looking toward the southwest shows gray ash blanketing the Ka‘ū Desert landscape:

Click to enlarge. (USGS Photo)

 

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