Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit confirmed, ash plume to cover surrounding areas

  • HVO Observation Tower webcam captured Thursday morning's plume, resulting from an explosion at Kīlauea Volcano's summit. (Courtesy of USGS Volcanoes on Facebook)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive eruption occurred at Kilauea’s summit at 4:17 a.m. Thursday morning.

Reports are the ash cloud went at least 30,000 feet into the air.


The resulting ash plume will cover surrounding areas and the wind may carry the ash plume toward Ka‘u, Volcano, Mountain View, Keaau and as far as Hilo.

Hawaii County Civil Defense advises residents to protect themselves from ash fallout. Those indoors are advised to stay indoors, close their doors, turn on the radio and listen for updates from authorities.

Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution or pullover and park.


After the hazard has passed, residents are advised to check their home and catchment system for any impact on water quality.

Due to elevated sulfur dioxide (S02) levels, Pahoa High, Intermediate, and Elementary School Complex, Keonepoko Elementary, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, Volcano School of Arts and Science will be closed.