Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts spectacularly as USGS sends CODE RED warning

The eruption began at around 3.20pm HST (2.20am BST), and is concentrated around the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.

In response the HVO has increased its alert level from ‘Watch’ to ‘Warning’, whilst any dangers associated with the eruption are assessed.

Its code has also been changed from ‘Orange’ to ‘Red’, by the US Geographical Survey.

This indicates an eruption is underway or imminent, with “significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere”.

More to follow…

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