BREAKING: Explosive Eruption at Kīlauea, 30,000 ft Ash Plume ExpectedMay 17, 2018, 5:42 AM HST · Updated May 17, 12:06 PM 58 Comments
The wind will carry the plume toward the southeast. The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency is advising those in the area to shelter in place if they are in the path of the ash plume. Driving conditions may also be dangerous and motorists driving in the area were being advised to pull off the road and wait until visibility improves.
The National Weather Service has issued an Ashfall Advisory, which is in effect until 6 p.m. HST today.
The NWS says volcanic ash is expected to reach immediate vicinity of the Kīlauea Volcano Summit (Halemaʻumaʻu Crater), including Volcano and Glenwood. The Civil Defense agency says the resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas with wind carrying the ash plume north toward Kaʻū, Volcano, Mt. View, Keaʻau and as far as Hilo.
The advisory may need to be extended if volcanic ashfall emissions persist.
Due to elevated sulfur dioxide (S0 2 ) levels, Pāhoa High, Intermediate, and Elementary School Complex, Keonepoko Elementary, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Science, Volcano School of Arts and Science will be closed.
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