Hawaii volcano sends a cloud high in the sky

HONOLULU – Authorities say that an eruption at the summit of a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has an ash cloud about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) into the air.

That live in communities to the southwest of the Kilauea volcano, be warned that the wind could carry their ashes after the eruption Thursday night.

The U. S. Geological Survey geophysicist Mike Poland says small ash explosions are coming from the top at intervals as lava continues to flow into the ocean.

Lava is also out of the cracks in the Leilani Estates subdivision, which was evacuated for three weeks. About 2,000 people have fled their homes.

Officials say that nearly 50 structures, including dozens of houses have been destroyed, because the cracks started opening up in the backyard on May 3.

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