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The Latest: Too risky to check if volcano hurled boulders

Geologists aren’t planning to check if an eruption at a Hawaii volcano ejected any large boulders.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory moved to a university campus after concerns that Kilauea could hurl big rocks.

Observatory scientist Steve Brantley says it’s too dangerous to send geologists to measure any possible boulders after the summit of the volcano spewed ash about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) into the air Thursday.

Scientists say more explosions are possible, but it’s not known when they could occur. They say light, wet ash fell in parts of a town called Volcano, about 3 or 4 miles (5 or 6 kilometers) from the summit crater.

Officials say that if explosions become more energetic, there could be boulders that fall up to a mile away or pea-sized fragments up to 4 miles away.

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