Residents on Hawaii’s Big Island were asked to stay indoors when the Kilauea volcano erupted Sunday during an explosion that shot ash into the sky.

The explosion happened at the Halemaumau Crater following several weak earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and a 4.4 magnitude earthquake came shortly after the eruption, NBC News reported.

“The agency added that significant damage to buildings or structures was not expected,” the article read, adding that lava at the crater was contained and no injuries or deaths have so far been reported.

USGS shared photos and videos of the eruption on its Twitter feed Monday morning:

A steam and gas plume from the eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kīlauea summit. Lava contained within the crater illuminates the steam produced by the lava interacting with, and boiling off, the summit water lake that resided in the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater. pic.twitter.com/8Dw1yBLH85

— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) December 21, 2020

Video of the eruption from Jaggar Overlook at about 11:30 PM HST. pic.twitter.com/7CgZJMNn1R

— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) December 21, 2020

Video from W rim of the caldera just before midnight. As of December 21 at 1:30 a.m. HST, the growing lava lake has almost reached the level of the lowest down-dropped block that formed during the 2018 collapse events. Over the past 2 hours, the lake has risen by ~10 m (32 ft). pic.twitter.com/Qbx1d6hbq4

— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) December 21, 2020

The magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck about one hour following the volcano’s eruption and the USGS said it received over 500 reports of residents who felt the quake, according to the Associated Press (AP):

Kilauea erupted in 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and spewing enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. An area more than half the size of Manhattan was buried in up to 80 feet (24 meters) of now-hardened lava. The lava flowed over the course of four months.

Sunday night, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said ash from the eruption would most likely fall in the Pahala, Wood Valley, Naalehu, and Ocean View communities.

“Low level trade winds will push any embedded ash toward the southwest, and any ash fallout will likely occur over the Kau district and highway 11 southwest of the town of Volcano,” the agency’s post stated.

“Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant. Those with respiratory sensitivities should take extra precaution to minimize exposure,” it continued.

However, the ash advisory for Hawaii Island expired Monday at 2:00 a.m., according to Hawaii News Now.

“Scientists analyzed data and said it appeared that the plume from the eruption was mostly steam, and not filled with other ash and debris,” the report said.

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https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2020/12/21/volcano-erupts-on-hawaiis-big-island-residents-asked-to-stay-inside/

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