"Have you seen anything like this before? Never in my life," Volcano Village resident, Birgitta Frazier, said.
An ominous sign of what could be looming danger: a grey plume rising above the clouds, sending ash downwind, drifting west into Kau and dusting communities miles away.
"I had no idea that the ash was rising until a friend stopped by and said, 'Halemaumau exploded. Did you see it? What are you gonna do?'" Frazier said.
Birgitta Frazier lives down the road in Volcano Village.
Worried ash might fall into her catchment system, Frazier turned off the water at her home and pottery business.
 Frazier's other priority, protecting her animals which include a horse, chickens, and a herd of goats.

 "The goats are gonna get a tarp over their house, they have their own house. The chickens, you can't do anything; you can't catch them until dawn. The cats and dogs can stay in the house. So the chickens are on their own? They're on their own, yes. Haha," Frazier sa

 Volcanologists say activity at Halemaumau is just beginning, they have been warning a series of explosions could be near, and happen with little or no warning.

 "The excitement with the volcano and now Halemaumau exploding, yes, it's an excitement we have in paradise," Frazier says.