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Plume pouring from Kilauea summit crater visible from space

Here's what the plume pouring from Kilauea's summit crater looks like from space. (Image: NASA) Here's what the plume pouring from Kilauea's summit crater looks like from space. (Image: NASA)
KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Plumes pouring out of Halemaumau Crater are dominating the skyline in some part of the Big Island.

In fact, the emissions are so thick, they're visible from space.

Astronaut Drew Feustel tweeted out an image of the Kilauea summit plume, which he said was shot from the International Space Station.

On Monday, USGS officials said the plumes were being created by rockfalls — not the steam-induced explosive eruptions they fear could happen if lava hits the water table.

Still, there is a significant amount of ash pouring from the crater and authorities say residents in the Kau District should expect a light ashfall through the day.

This story will be updated.

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