Mount Kilauea Volcano Erupts Launching Ash 30,000 Feet

Air Date: 05/17/2018
Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Lester Holt/Miguel Almaguer
Air/Publish Date:
05/17/2018
Event Date:
05/17/2018
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2018
Clip Length:
00:02:27

Two weeks after activity at Mount Kilauea began, the volcano erupts, projecting rocks and shooting a massive plume of smoke and ash. The ash fall is prompting health concerns over sulfur dioxide venting into the air.

Mount Kilauea Volcano Erupts Launching Ash 30,000 Feet

LESTER HOLT, anchor:

Good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for being here. A thunderous predawn explosion announced a powerful eruption from inside the crater of Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano today, spewing a tower of choking ash and debris almost six miles high. The eruption, the latest turn in this natural drama that has already sent fiery rivers of molten lava flowing through residential neighborhoods destroying dozens of homes. Our national correspondent Miguel Almaguer is there watching it all unfold.

MAN: Whoa.

MIGUEL ALMAGUER, reporting:

After warning signs Kilauea would blow, today it happened. The eruption spitting rocks into the air shooting a massive plume of smoke and ash feet.

MICHELLE COOMBS: We may have additional larger events, more powerful events kind of like what we saw earlier this morning.

ALMAGUER: Today’s eruptions come after two weeks of volcanic activity. Earthquakes, fissures, and toxic gases have turned this tropical paradise into hell for some.

MARK CLAWSON: You can’t compare it to anything.

ALMAGUER: Wow. Mark Clawson lives among the lava bombs. What’s it like to see that?

CLAWSON: Kind of getting used to it but, frankly, it was a little unnerving.

ALMAGUER: Today’s eruption raising new health concerns over sulfur dioxide venting into the air, locals also bracing for ash fall.

WOMAN: It’s so thick and you can’t breathe. You can’t breathe.

ALMAGUER: With geologists warning of more explosions, geysers of fire threaten homes around-the-clock. Even at a safe distance from the fissures, you can feel the ground shake and hear what sounds like a jet engine overhead. Lava has been shooting out of the ground for two weeks here. Kilauea’s fire and furry met today by a blast of smoke and ash. With a warning more may be on the way. At Kilauea’s crater geologists say today’s blast may have been the first and last or it may be the start of a series. They simply don’t know. Meantime, Lester, I want to give you a live picture from our second camera just behind me. It’s in a local neighborhood here where those massive fissures continue to spout hot lava and toxic gases into the air. That explosion at the crater may be over but neighborhoods here today are still under siege

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