The US Geological Survey (USGS) raised its alert level for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano on Tuesday evening.
The alert level has been raised to “red,” which the USGS defines as: “Major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.”
Early in the morning local time, eruptions of ash increased in intensity and have since been rising continuously. Ash-fall has been reported in Pahala, about 18 miles downwind.
The ash cloud has reached as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level.