The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded its warning for Hawaii's Kilauea volcano from "orange" to the highest level of "red" yesterday afternoon (May 15th), indicating that an eruption is imminent or already underway, after a huge ash plume rose from a fissure. Nearly 20 vents have opened in the ground since Kilauea started erupting two weeks ago, destroying nearly 40 homes and other structures. Nearly 2,000 people have been told to evacuate.
Summary of #HVO #Kilauea VAN/VONA: Ash eruption at summit has increased in intensity. NWS radar & pilot reports show top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000-12,000 feet above sea level. Ashfall and vog has been reported in Pahala (18 mi downwind). #KilaueaErupts pic.twitter.com/ChzRdu0Ch7— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 15, 2018