30 September (WNN) — Officials said a volcano has begun to erupt on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed in an advisory Wednesday that Kilauea Volcano began erupting at 3:20 p.m. when officials from the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory detected a flare in the Halemaumau Crater in Kilauea’s summit, indicating an eruption. was in progress.
“Webcam imagery shows cracks at the base of Helmauua crater, producing lava flows on the surface of the lava lake that were active as of May 2021,” the advisory said.
The volcano sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii.
Officials said the eruption is taking place in a closed area of the park, with the primary issue for safety being the high levels of volcanic gas emanating from the mountain, which “could have far-reaching effects downstream.”
The eruption follows the USGS HVO with increased seismic activity and a change in the pattern of ground deformation at the summit of the mountain beginning around noon, suggesting movement of magma.
The scientist in charge of HVO, Ken Mann, told Hawaii News Now that the eruption had a “very rapid onset” and was “entirely” confined to Halemaumua Crater.
“Lava is basically flooding the bottom of Halemaumua at the moment, but there is no real high fountain that can be seen outside the caldera,” Hon said.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park confirmed that thousands have descended on the park to watch the eruption, but it is warning those who come to maintain COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park superintendent Ronda Loh said in a statement, “It is awe-inspiring to see the lava at the summit of Kilauea. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we urge the public to responsibly recreate, socially distance, and wear a mask.” They say.”
The USGS HVO has raised the alert level for Kilauea from WATCH, meaning the volcano is exhibiting increased unrest with increased potential for eruption, with the warning that a dangerous eruption is underway.
The authorities have also changed its aviation color code from orange to red.
The eruption occurred four months after the previous eruption at Kilauea, which began in December, ended in May.
In May 2018, thousands of residents of the Hawaiian island community of Puna were urged to evacuate due to the Kilauea eruption.