Hawaiian volcano erupts emitting huge plume of ash
About 2,000 evacuated as lava destroys at least 26 homes following earlier earthquakes
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000ft into the sky.
Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the US 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 neighbourhoods.
About 2,000 people were evacuated as lava destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures.
The crater sits within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11.
Officials have said they did not expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of the 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. – AP