Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues spouting lava, ash

- Lava flow and ground cracking continued late Wednesday at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported, as ash blanketed the Big Island.

Frequent ash emissions at the Kilauea summit earlier Wednesday resulted in plumes up to 8,000 feet high from what's reported to be one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency reported.

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Major explosions have been occuring about twice a day, with minor ones blasting in between, the USGS reported.

One small explosion produced an ash cloud that reached about 7,000 feet above sea level, the geological survey reported, citing the National Service radar.

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