UNITED STATES: Less than a month after its neighbour Mauna Loa ceased spewing lava from an earlier eruption, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii resumed erupting, according to the staff at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Kilauea started erupting on January 5 inside Halemaumau crater near the volcano’s top caldera, according to a video supplied by the park.
Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, distant from any populated areas, is where Kilauea’s summit can be found.
Shreds of evidence suggesting the magma was flowing beneath the summit of Kilauea and that the volcano may erupt led the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to raise the warning level for the volcano earlier on Thursday.
“Since no infrastructure is in danger and the initial high effusion rates are decreasing, HVO has lowered Kilauea’s volcano warning status from WARNING to WATCH,” according to a statement by the USGS.
“HVO is changing Kilauea’s aviation colour classification from red to orange since there is now no threat of significant volcanic ash emission into the atmosphere outside of the hazardous closed region within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,” the USGS added.
Kilauea is one of the planet’s most active volcanoes. Hawaii saw two volcanoes spewing lava side by side for over two weeks starting on November 27, when Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, erupted for the first time in 38 years.
It is interesting to note that both volcanoes’ eruptions stopped at roughly the same time.
In April 2021, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii also began to erupt continuously until August. During this period, the volcano’s magma started to leak out, leading to the caldera’s eventual collapse.
Thousands of residents’ lives were forever changed by the eruption, which also resulted in the demolition of hundreds of homes.