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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that at At 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, this photograph taken from the Jaggar Museum, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, captures an ash plume rising from the Overlook crater.

Hawaii is bracing for another explosive eruption from the Kilauea volcano. The US Geological Survey says a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater "has raised the potential for explosive eruptions" at the volcano.

Earlier this month the volcano began erupting when a number of fissures opened up.

Fissure 17 remains active as its narrow lava flow is moving slowly toward the ocean at approximately 20 yards per hour.

That prompted officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit.

Authorities say the volcano has produced almost 20 active lava fissures and destroyed more than two dozen homes. The ash cloud is drifting generally west and southwest from the Kilauea summit and ashfall is occurring in the Ka Ľu Desert. Ash-fall has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind.

A shift in winds was expected to bring ash and vog inland on Wednesday and make them more concentrated, said John Bravender of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This is what the volcano looked like this week, with a steady push of smoke and ash into the sky.

During the call, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Steve Brantley talked about the activity going on in the two different locations.

Radar and pilot stories point out the highest of the ash cloud is as excessive as 12,000ft above sea stage.

Volcanic gas and lava have destroyed 37 homes and structures and prompted the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii's Big Island has sent gases and lava exploding into the air. Lava has burst from the ground and torn through housing developments and farmland, threatening one of the last exit routes from coastal areas, state Highway 132.

A plume of ash from the Kilauea volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air before dropping ash on sections of the Big Island of Hawaii, prompting officials Tuesday to warn residents to stay indoors and airplanes to stay away from the area.


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