Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, hurling plumes of smoke and ash over 30,000 feet into the air as residents were told by state officials to “shelter in place,” reports Fox News.
The United States National Weather Service issued an “ashfall warning” until 8:00am Friday morning after the volcano “exploded” at approximately 5:00am local time, saying “an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s Summit has occurred.”
“This is a Civil Defense Message for May 17 at 5:00AM. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s Summit has occurred. The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area,” wrote the Hawaii Defense Agency on social media.
Images of the ash plume and molten lava appeared on social media within minutes as local residents rushed for shelter and awaited further instructions.
People on Hawaii’s Big Island were ordered to shelter in place after an explosive eruption on the Kilauea volcano sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the air.
More explosive eruptions are expected. pic.twitter.com/MqoVRCj5Kt
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 17, 2018
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Journalist) May 17, 2018
Hawaii residents and tourists have been preparing for a “larger explosion” for two weeks as smaller “fissures” began to appear around the main island; prompting experts to warn a catastrophic event could take place within days.
HELL IN HAWAII: Dozens of Homes DESTROYED as Residents Flee Volcano
Molten lava and debilitating ash continued to spew from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano Monday and showed “no signs of slowing down” as residents and tourists fled the island after dozens of homes were destroyed.
Thousands of Americans have attempted to leave Hawaii as toxic gas, steam, and lava cause chaos on the island; with County Civil Defense Administrators struggling to remain in control of the dangerous situation.
“[We] have established pretty good flows and just continue to cover more of the subdivision,” said a county administrator, adding “there’s no sign of slowing down…We had some pauses yesterday, but it seems like there’s a lot of magma under the ground.”
In the Leilani Estates Subdivision, fissure 7 was active for several hours on May 5 with large bubble bursts and spatter. A short lava flow moved northeast and crossed Hookupu St. https://t.co/hMQ8iOnbzi pic.twitter.com/KD0SAQ6VAF
— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 7, 2018
Almost 2000 residents have been evacuated from the region as US volcanologists warned the “eruption will continue.”
“There’s more magma in the system to be erupted. As long as that supply is there, the eruption will continue,” U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall said.
OFF TARGET: US Missile DEFENSE FAILS Over Hawaii
An important test of the nation’s anti-ballistic missile defense system totally failed in the skies over Hawaii early Wednesday, raising alarm bells throughout the Pentagon on the country’s ability to defend itself in the face of a pre-emptive North Korean nuclear strike.
According to Defense News, US military officials were alarmingly quiet following the test of America’s anti-ballistic missile system, refusing to confirm that the interception ultimately failed; the second such failure this year.
“The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning,” said a spokesperson for the US Missile Defense Agency.
However, various news outlets reported that the tests ultimately came up short, allowing the “missile” to bypass the system and reach its intended target.
“Officials: US missile defense test failed in Hawaii early Weds. Pentagon not publicly acknowledging key ballistic missile defense test failure & officials tell @barbarastarrcnn there is a decision to not talk about it, in part because of sensitivities surrounding North Korea,” wrote CNN’s international correspondent on social media.
Officials: US missile defense test failed in Hawaii early Weds. Pentagon not publicly acknowledging key ballistic missile defense test failure & officials tell @barbarastarrcnn there is a decision to not talk about it, in part because of sensitivities surrounding North Korea.
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) January 31, 2018