This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano saw yet another explosive eruption in the wee hours of Thursday morning local time.

The latest eruption occurred at Kilauea’s summit and spewed plumes of ash and smoke as high as 30,000 feet into the sky just after 4:00am local time. The continued ash emissions are reaching about 12,000 feet in the air, the US Geological Survey repots.

The initial explosion likely only lasted a few minutes, a USGS scientist told the AP, but was enough to create a huge new column of volcanic ash that loomed above the Big Island. Continuous seismic activity and new lava fissures have been forming since Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, initially erupted on May 3.

Nearby residents were reporting trace amounts of volcanic ash raining down.

USGS held its aviation alert level at code red — its highest warning level to pilots on the state of volcanic ash in the atmosphere. Kilauea’s column of smoke and dust could pose serious threats to planes in the area. “Volcanic ash clouds can threaten air traffic by sandblasting windscreens, clogging pitot tubes, and in severe cases, causing jet engines to shut down,” the USGS said in a statement.

United Airlines extended its existing Hawaii travel waiver through May 25. Hawaiian Airlines extended its waiver Wednesday after a similar release of ash warranted a red alert. At time of publication, none of the other airlines serving Hawaii had updated their travel waivers.

Scientists at USGS also warned that with the multiple ash explosions this week, there is an increased chance of “even larger steam-driven violent explosion,” the organization said in a statement Thursday. “Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles.”

Featured image by Mario Tama/Getty Images.

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.