HONOLULU ( Associated Press) – Hawaii’s Kilauea erupted inside its summit crater on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, less than a month after the volcano and its larger neighbor Mauna Loa stopped erupting.
The agency said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected a glow in webcam images indicating Kilauea had begun erupting inside Halemaumau Crater in the volcano’s summit caldera.
Kilauea’s summit is within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and away from residential areas.
The US Geological Survey raised the alert level for the volcano earlier Thursday because of signs of magma rising beneath the summit’s surface, a sign it could erupt.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Its last eruption started in September 2021 and lasted for 16 months. For nearly two weeks, beginning November 27, two volcanoes in Hawaii were spewing lava next to each other as Mauna Loa erupted for the first time in 38 years. Both ceased their activity at about the same time.
In those days, people visiting the park could see lava from both eruptions at the same time.
The observatory plans to continue monitoring the volcanoes for signs of new activity.
Ken Hone, chief scientist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, explained that there is usually a “cooling-off” period of three months before an eruption.