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Hawaiians Told to Stay Indoors After Major Volcanic Eruption

Photos from the eruption were making their way around social media on Monday.

If you were to peek into the far-flung corners of the internet today, you may find yourself confronted with a number of strange theories about what’s going on in the night sky, and what it means for us down here on planet Earth.

That’s because it’s the day of the “great conjunction” between Saturn and Jupiter, in which the two planets will align closely in the night sky, appearing almost as if they are one.  The phenomenon has been called the “Christmas star” as well, and the proximity of the two planets hasn’t been this close for almost 800 years.

Of course there are plenty of folks who believe that this could bring about the end of the world, or some other great transformation here on Earth.

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For the paranoid among us, the news out of Hawaii this morning was stressful.

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Kilauea volcano erupted overnight for the first time in more than two years, placing Hawaii’s Big Island on a red alert Monday morning.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the situation is “rapidly evolving.” It’s unclear what, if any, damage has occurred so far.

The eruption began late Sunday within the volcano’s Halemaumau crater, at the summit of Kilauea. The HVO said it detected a “glow” within the crater at about 9:30 p.m. local time.

Things then got hairy.

About an hour later, the agency recorded a magnitude 4.4 earthquake located beneath Kilauea’s south flank.

A “red” alert was then issued. It means an eruption is “imminent” with the likely emission of significant volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

An advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, warning residents to avoid falling volcanic ash, which is an eye and respiratory irritant, the agency said.

Residents in the affected area have been warned to remain indoors if possible, to avoid breathing any of the potentially harmful ash from the eruption.

Photos of the event were soon circulating on social media.

And while this may not be the end of the world that some predicted, we still wish well for our fellow Americans in Hawaii.

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