Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano initiated an eruption on Wednesday, as reported by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

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The observatory also released a statement, “At approximately 4:44 a.m. HST on June 7, 2023, the (US Geological Survey’s) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected glow in Kīlauea summit webcam images indicating that an eruption has commenced within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kīlauea’s summit caldera, within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.”

“The opening phases of eruptions are dynamic. Webcam imagery shows fissures at the base of Halemaʻumaʻu crater generating lava flows on the surface of the crater floor. The activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu and the hazards will be reassessed as the eruption progresses”, the statement added.

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Where is Kilauea volcano located?

Kilauea volcano is located in the United States on the eastern part of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is part of the greater Mauna Loa volcanic system. Over the years, the volcano’s summit caldera and its multiple vents and fissures have been the cause of repeated eruptions and volcanic activity.

The video of the volcano eruption surfaced on the internet. The observatory raised a red alert for the warning though they have stated that as of now, there is no indication of danger in populated areas.

Though the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observed increased seismic activity and the appearance of a red glow from the crater, indicating the presence of molten lava. Authorities issued notifications and implemented safety precautions in the surrounding areas, including the closing of local highways and the evacuation of selected regions, to guarantee the safety of inhabitants and visitors.

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As reported, Kilauea had another eruption in January, and it showed signs of heightened activity and disturbance in May. After regularly erupting since September 2021, the volcano finally stopped erupting in December, the first time in several months.