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Explosive Eruption at Kīlauea Summit

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This is a Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 21, 2018, for the area of Ka‘ū.

Live Panorama of Kīlauea Caldera from HVO Observation Tower [KIcam]
Last Updated May 21, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 12:55 a.m. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas. The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Na‘alehu and Waiohinu.

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout. The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed. Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

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