5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Kīlauea’s summit, sends ash 8000 feet into the air

An 8000 foot tall ash cloud could be seen from a distance as the volcano violently erupted

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HILO (INTELLIHUB) — A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Kīlauea summit on Sunday sending an ash cloud over 8000 feet into the air.

The massive shaker hit at 3:51 p.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) but did not trigger a tsunami warning.

Residents were warned about the potential for aftershocks and the dangers of fallout which headed in a southwestward direction after the eruption.

Magnitude 5.5 strikes Kīlauea summit (USGS)

Three people that were trapped by flowing lava have been rescued.