RED ALERT – Hawaii Kilauea Volcano 12,000 Feet Ash Cloud Sparks Aviation Fears – Hawaii Video

RED ALERT – Hawaii Kilauea Volcano 12,000 Feet Ash Cloud Sparks Aviation Fears

Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and sparking a red alert for aviation for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.

Ash and volcanic smog, or so-called vog, rose up to 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) above Kilauea’s crater and floated southwest, covering cars on Highway 11 with gray dust and sparking an “unhealthy air” advisory in the community of Pahala, 18 miles (29 km) from the summit.

An aviation red alert means a volcanic eruption is under way that could affect aviation by spewing ash into air routes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website.

Ash was also a new hazard for residents of Hawaii’s Big Island already dealing with volcanic gas and lava that has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced around 2,000 residents to evacuate.

A shift in winds was expected to bring ash and vog inland on Wednesday and make them more concentrated, said John Bravender of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We’re observing more or less continuous emission of ash now with intermittent, more energetic ash bursts or plumes,” said Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Deputy Scientist-In-Charge Steve Brantley on a conference call with reporters.

Ash is not poisonous but causes irritation to the nose, eyes and airways. It can make roads slippery and if emitted in large quantities could cause electrical power lines to fail, said USGS chemist David Damby.


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7 Comments - Write a Comment

  1. – May be prayers won't help but still my heart out for hawaii's resident
    Evacuate as soon as possible

  2. Be aware a very dangerous volcano is waiting for us to the second world, please pray a lot.

  3. Most of the island is safe, bull !! If the wind change and blow's that dangerous gas and ash all over the so called safe places, people will die .!!!

  4. This video is spreading disinformation and fear. Just short of yelling "Fire!" in a theater. All us in the area know what's happening, and have taken the necessary precautions. Little to no chance that a single person will die because of this event. 40 people alone died in Ca. last year from wildfires and landslides!

  5. It's gonna get worse. Get off the island folks. Some things can't be controlled but leave while you can.

  6. When mother nature throws a fit, it's best to get out of her way.
    Try to stay safe there in Hawaii.


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