On Wednesday, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth erupted. The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii has formed a sizeable lake of lava. The lava has been captured on video flowing into the former Halema’uma’u Crater.
The U.S. National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey have captured striking images and videos of the occurrence. The good news is that the eruption did not take place in an inhabited area.
Since Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey has been sending out alerts, warning several entities of the possible danger caused by the eruption. The aviation code also changed to red, and officials warned of increased earthquake possibilities. Ground swelling had been detected at the time, prompting more warnings.
The recent eruption is not a new phenomenon for Kīlauea. The volcano had a major eruption in 2018, leading to the destruction of more than 700 homes. In the eruptions, thousands of people were evicted. Even before 2018, the volcano was slowly erupting over the decades. Since 1983, the volcano has occasionally erupted and caused streams of lava to cover rural farms. The 2018 eruption saw the lava spill cover an area half the size of Manhattan and up to 80 feet tall.
The area that erupted on Wednesday also erupted in December. The December eruption saw lava flow continue until May this year. Although the flow ended in May, experts had predicted that the volcano would erupt again.
Officials at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are monitoring the situation while providing feedback to the public for safety reasons. They continually update the status of the eruption through official communication channels. Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane told the Associated Press that her colleagues were monitoring the situation. At the time of reporting, she had not arrived at the park though.
“He saw that from Volcano House, which is at least two miles away from the eruption site, so I suspect … we’ll be able to see a pretty glow, and who knows what else,” Ferracane said.
Lead image via USGS