Those living on the Big Island of Hawaii were awaken this morning at 4:17 by an explosion within Kilauea's Halemaumau crater. The eruption may have only lasted a few minutes but sent a volcanic ash cloud 30,000 feet into the air.
Hawaii's Volcano Observatory (HVO) advised all residents in the path of ash fall to seek shelter, stay off the roads and all air traffic near the area was suspended.
The HVO issued in a statement, "That at any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent." Earthquakes caused by the movement of magma usually take place before such eruptions such as the event on Kilauea now.
This recent eruption may be a precursor to a larger volcanic event that equals the event that took place in the mid1920's when the volcano near the summit was in the same condition as now.
As of now there has been no loss of life due to the authorities quick response and the 20,000 residents who live near the volcano have already evacuated and the southeastern side of the island is not highly populated.