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Volcanic ash prompts aviation alert


Explosions intensified on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano yesterday, May 15, spewing ash and sparking a red alert for aviation for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago, EWN says.

Ash and volcanic smog, or so-called vog, rose up to 3,657m above Kilauea’s crater and floated southwest, covering cars on Highway 11 with grey dust and sparking an “unhealthy air” advisory in the community of Pahala, 29km from the summit.

An aviation red alert means a volcanic eruption is under way that could affect aviation by spewing ash into air routes.

Travellers heading to Hawaii over the next few days are advised to monitor the volcano’s activity.
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