By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HILO, Hawaii - Small splatters of molten lava have been ejected from Hawaii's Halemaumau Crater for the first time since 1982. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say some of the particles - the largest of which measure ten centimetres across - have landed on the rim of the crater. Scientists say the gas from the new vent at Halemaumau is thick with ash, making the plume from the 30-metre-wide vent appear brown.
Officials are continuing to monitor the activity, and say aviation agencies have been warned that the ash may threaten aircraft in the area.Volcanic ash and debris represents a definite hazard to aircraft. Here's one of the most dramatic examples: click here