>> Hawaiian residents living alongside an erupting volcano on Thursday received a new warning. A new explosive eruption spewed ash 30,000 feet into the air above the archipelago's Big Island. Hawaii County's civil defense warned winds could carry the plume as far as Hilo, the island's biggest city and tourism center.
The blast, just after four AM local time, was followed by other eruptions also reaching thousands of feet. US geological survey staff were evacuated from the summit. Shortly before chunks of lava called pyroclasts showered the volcano's slope. Reuters reporter Terry Sylvester visited the town of Volcano, not far from the eruption.
>> When I arrived in Volcano, a haze of ash hung over the area, it wasn't just ash. The air smelled lightly of rotten eggs, which is a sign of sulfur dioxide fumes. The air quality wasn't enough to make me sick, I spent most of the day in it and didn't feel any effect.
But I did talk to residents who were taking some precautions, such as limiting their time outside.>> Thursday's eruption comes as scientists warn the volcano could be entering a new violent phase. A buildup of steam could cause new eruptions sending microwave-sized blocks of stones, such as this one, hurtling for miles.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanos on Earth.