Hawaii volcano

An aerial view shows smoke rising from the Pu’u ‘O’o crater on Hawaii’s Big Island

The latest eruption has forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

The United States Geographical Survery has ordered locals to evacuate the area and go to safety.

The volcano has been likely to erupt ever since an earthquake shattered the crater floor two weeks ago.

During a flight earlier by the Civil Air Patrol, the height of the ash plumes near the crater rose to more than 3 km above sea level, and downwind the plumes continued to rise to about 3.5 km above sea level.

Hawaii volcano eruption

Lava is photographed spilling out of the volcano

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said: “This is a Civil Defense Message for May 17 at 5am.

“Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s summit has occurred.

“The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area.

Ash plume in Hawaii

People play golf in Hawaii as an ash plume rises in the distance

“The wind will carry the plume towards the south-east.

“You should shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume. Driving conditions may be dangerous so if you are driving, pull off the road and wait until visibility improves.”

The volcano blasted out huge blocks earlier today and quakes as large as magnitude 4.4 have been felt on the island.

The earthquakes have been caused by the deflating floor of the bowl of the volcano.

Lava from volcano

An aerial view shows the lava flow coming from the volcano

The ash plume can even be seen from the International Space Station.

The crater of the volcano is inside Hawaii Volcanoes national park, which has been closed to the public since May 11.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and an eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rock and ash into the air for more than two weeks.

Much of the transport infrastructure in Hawaii have been damaged as the earthquakes have damaged an array of roads and buildings.

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