The man tabbed by Gov. David Ige to command a task force comprised of National Guard and active-duty military in case the Kilauea volcano lava crisis becomes too much for civilian authorities said Wednesday that planning is underway in the event a large-scale response becomes necessary.
Gov. David Ige announced the formation of a dual-status command joint task force for the Kilauea eruption that would allow Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara to command active military personnel and the Hawaii National Guard.
An enormous ash cloud towered above Kilauea’s summit Tuesday and dusted downwind communities, but the expulsion was short of the “big one” that could eject boulders inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.