An explosive eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has sent ash thousands of metres into the sky.

The US Geological Survey said the eruption took place at 05:00 local time.

Staff at the volcano observatory and the national park had been previously evacuated.

According to BBC News, since a new zone of Mount Kilauea began erupting almost two weeks ago, lava has wrecked dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to be evacuated.

A red aviation code had already been issued – warning pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud.

Kilauea is one of five active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii.

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