Kilauea Erupts Again: A Volcanic Spectacle in Hawaii

Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted early Monday in a remote part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that last saw activity in 1974. Although there is no immediate threat to property or lives, volcanic gases pose potential health risks. Updates will be provided by the US Geological Survey's observatory.

PTI | Honolulu | Updated: 04-06-2024 01:36 IST | Created: 04-06-2024 01:36 IST
Kilauea Erupts Again: A Volcanic Spectacle in Hawaii
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Kilauea, among the planet's most active volcanoes, commenced an eruption early Monday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, an area that had remained dormant since December 1974, according to the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Situated approximately 1.6 kilometers south of the Kilauea caldera, the eruption is visible on webcams through glowing lava streams from fissures. The caldera vicinity has been off-limits since 2008 due to other hazards like ground instability, cracking, and rockfalls.

Though the eruption is underway, it is isolated within the park, has a low eruptive volume, and poses no immediate threat to human safety or critical infrastructure. The principal hazard remains volcanic gas, which forms smog ('vog') that can harm health, vegetation, and livestock, and affect air quality in adjacent communities.

Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth assured residents that Kilauea's activity in the park marks one of the safest scenarios possible, with no property endangered. However, he expressed concerns about potential air quality issues in areas like Oceanview and Naalehu.

Before the eruption, the observatory recorded around 250 earthquakes beneath the Kilauea summit. They plan to issue daily updates and notify the public about significant changes in volcanic activity.

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