Red Alert Issued For Aviation As Kilauea Spews 'Vog' 12,000 Feet Into Sky

The volcano, which began a period of increased activity earlier this month, is sending ash plumes drifting downwind in what could be a potential threat to aircraft in the area.

Updated at 3:20 a.m. ET

A massive ash plume rising from a fissure on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has caused authorities to issue a red alert for airplanes in the region for the first time since the mountain suddenly ramped up its activity nearly

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