After an eruption from the Kilauea volcano’s summit shot ash and smoke 30,000 feet into the air on Thursday, officials gave out almost 18,000 masks to help residents deal with the fallout. Rain kept the ash from going very far, and the ash fall was light, but officials still warned people in the area on Hawaii’s Big Island to stay indoors and to use the masks.
The eruption took place at 04:15 local time (14:15 GMT) on Thursday, and scientists say further activity is likely in the near future and the staffs at the volcano observatory and the national park had been evacuated.
Since a new zone of Kilauea began erupting almost two weeks ago, lava has wrecked dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to be evacuated
Hawaii’s emergency management agency advised people in the area affected by ash to stay in their homes if possible and a red aviation code had already been issued, warning pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud.