WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island began erupting on Sunday afternoon, with flows currently confined to the surrounding crater floor, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday.
Webcam footage shows fissures at the base of the volcano’s crater that generate lava flows on the surface of the crater floor.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency wrote on
The eruption was preceded by a period of strong seismicity and “rapid ascent” of the summit, according to USGS. The agency raised Kilauea’s aviation color code from orange to red as it evaluated the eruption and volcano warning on a watch-by-warning basis.
Located in a closed area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volanos. In 2019, a series of earthquakes and major eruptions in Kilauea led to the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses.
The volcano erupted in January and June this year.
(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Costas Pitas; Editing by Michael Perry)