Hawaii volcano eruption sends ash in air

Officials handed out 18,000 "ash masks" to residents still on Hawaii's Big Island.
1:40 | 05/18/18

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million in funding. New concerns about the volcano emergency in Hawaii. An eruption sending Ang ash cloud 30,000 feet in the air and officials are now handing out 18,000 ash masks to residents still on Hawaii's big island. ABC's Matt Gutman has been there throughout it all. Matt, good morning. What a stunning scene there behind you. Reporter: I want to give you a sense of where it is. Good morning. This was a cow patch that is now fissure 20. Gurgling and bubbling lava dozen of feet in the air. Molten rock ooze down the hill. It is 1100 degrees and it bursts over there and just beyond that stand of trees you can see them smoking. They've just been lit on fire. Now, seismologists out here this morning. They're assessing this because another fissure has opened up and these fissures that had cooled had actually become active again. They're trying to figure out why that is. The only thing they know for sure is that -- you can see that eruption there. The only thing they know for sure we'll see more of these eruptions. Now, the concern is that that is going to cause this massive haze of sulfur dioxide, all across this island, which is why as you mentioned these respirators are the most sought after and scarce commodity around. Civil defense handing out 18,000 of them because people are so concerned about their health here. We can hear that behind you. You're safe where you are right now, Matt? Reporter: We are safe where we are. We are at a safe distance away but it is just enormous amount of lava being spewed in the air. Matt Gutman, indeed, impressive. Staying cool through all that as well. The latest on that tragic

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