Kilauea, Hawaii’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Sunday afternoon the Hawaiian Volcano erupted again for the third time in three month. There was no immediate threat to the residents.
According to David Phillips the deputy scientist in charge at the observatory (part of the United States Geological Survey), the 3:15 pm eruption sent lava fountains almost 500 feet high into the sky. The observatory raised alert levels Kilauea received a warning on a wristwatch just over an hour prior to the eruption.
Livestreamed footage showed fissures at the base of the volcano’s main crater, Halemaʻumaʻu, generating lava flows on its surface floor.
Kilauea is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii’s Big Island last erupted on June. Since August, the observatory has closely monitored it for a potential eruption. According to the observatory, an increasing number of earthquakes, a swelling of the ground in the last few weeks, and pools of magma rising over the last 24 hours are all signs of upcoming eruptions.
Mr. Phillips said the volcano’s location in the national park put it at a safe distance from local residents. “There is no immediate threat to human life or property,” He told me by phone.
But he said volcanic smog — a mixture of sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases — could pose a health risk to people with respiratory issues. Volcanic gas smog is carried by wind over long distances, and can persist as long an eruption continues.
Mr. Phillips noted that he was unsure how long this eruption would last. They can last from a couple of weeks to more than a decade. He predicted it wouldn’t be as bad as the 2018 National Park Service reports that the National Park Service has confirmed an eruption that caused tens-of-thousands of earthquakes, and destroyed more than 700 homes.
Kilauea, Hawaii’s According to scientists, the youngest volcano formed under water around 280,000 years back. National Park Service. From 1983 to 2018 it erupted nearly continuously, and then again in 2020. Recent eruptions took place from September 2021 to December 2022. The June eruption lasted 12 days.