Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, one of the most active in the world, erupted again, creating lava fountains and smoke billowing from holes in its summit.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the eruption on Wednesday and reddened the volcano’s warning level to “alert” and aviation code.
The eruption at Halaimaumu Hole appears to be within the Hawaii Volcano National Park and poses no immediate threat to homes in the area, USGS officials said.
“All indications are that it will remain in the hole,” said Ken Hoon, a USGS scientist in charge of monitoring Hawaii volcanoes. “We don’t see any indication that the lava is moving to the lower part of the eastern crater area where people live. Currently all activities are within the park.
Photos and videos from the hole show lava fountains forming and volcanic gases escaping. According to the USGS, there is an initial risk of water vapor, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide “consuming” the bottom of the volcano, or the release of gas in the form of volcanic smoke.
Wednesday afternoon: The first vent on the floor of the hole is opened at 20 minutes, USGS tweeted. In the afternoon :: 400, a vent on the west side of the hole was also opened. The video was captured at the moment the lava erupted.
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National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferraken told Hawaii News that the park is now feeling the crowds of visitors Wednesday evening and plans to come more on Thursday.
“We are excited, but we are also alert,” he told the TV station. He said the park is open but urged visitors to be vigilant amid the risks of eruptions and Covid-1 of.
Kilauea Volcano has a long history of erupting as the most active volcano in Hawaii, but according to the National Park Service it is the youngest of the islands.
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The eeldal volcanic eruption in 2018 was an event that destroyed 700 homes and displaced thousands of residents. According to the park service, large lava flows continued from May to August and about 320,000 Olympic-sized lava erupted from the volcano. The lava covered roads and landmarks and flowed around. The earthquake changes the peak area of the volcano, and the Halemaumau hole rises from 280 feet deep to about 1,600 feet.
Prior to the eruption in 2018, Kilauea had been erupting in small events since 1983. Occasionally, lava spreads to the sea and roads.
The eruption took place from December to May in the same area where it exploded on Wednesday. Continuous eruptions can last for years, Mann said.
“One thing we do know is that magma keeps coming to Kilauea at a fairly constant rate, and so it either fills the inside of the volcano and suppresses it, or it comes out to the surface.”
Contributed by: Associated Press