Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii in the National Park

One of the most active volcanoes on Earth is erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii

Honolulu – One of the most active volcanoes on Earth is erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Officials from the US Geological Survey confirmed Wednesday that a volcanic eruption has begun at Haliumau Crater, Kilauea volcano, at the volcano’s summit.

Webcam footage of the crater showed lava fountains covering the crater floor and billowing clouds of volcanic gas rising into the air. The area itself was home to a large lava lake at various times throughout the volcanic volcanic past.

The volcanic eruption is not in an area with houses and is completely contained within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Volcano Alert level has been raised to “Warning” and the flight symbol has changed to red.

Earlier Wednesday, officials said increased earthquake activity and ground swells had been detected, at which time alert levels were raised accordingly.

A major explosion occurred in Kilauea in 2018, which destroyed more than 700 homes and displaced thousands of residents. Prior to that eruption, the volcano had been slowly erupting for decades, but mostly not in densely populated residential areas.

Prior to the 2018 major eruption, Kilauea had been erupting since 1983 and lava currents sometimes covered farms and country houses. During that time, lava occasionally reached the ocean, causing dramatic interactions with the water.

Over the course of four months in 2018, Kilauea released enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-size pools, burying an area more than half the size of Manhattan in up to 80 feet (24 meters) of lava that is now solidifying. Molten rock has reduced landmarks, streets, and neighborhoods into a vast field of black rock and volcanic crumbs.

The same area of ​​the volcano that began its eruption on Wednesday also erupted in December and lasted until May.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Viracani told The Associated Press she had not yet made it to the park, but colleagues reported seeing some scattered lava and glowing inside the summit crater.

“He saw it from Volcano House, at least two miles from the site of the explosion, so I suspect…we’ll be able to see a nice glow, and who knows what else,” she said.

The Volcano House is a hotel and restaurant within the national park adjacent to the visitor center. The park is open to visitors.

Virakan said the area that is exploding is not close to where people can hike or drive. Trails downwind of the eruption have been closed for years.

“The park is open and there are no road closures at the moment,” Viracani said.

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