Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupts after two months of silence

14:41 11.09.2023

In a stunning display of nature's power, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted once again on Sunday afternoon. This eruption comes after a two-month pause, and while it showcased glowing lava, there was no immediate threat to nearby communities. Kilauea, known as one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has captivated the attention of scientists and tourists alike.

The eruption was first observed by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, which noted that the volcanic activity occurred at the summit of Kilauea. While the lava flows were a sight to behold, authorities were quick to assure the public that they were a safe distance away from populated areas and structures, located within the confines of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

However, the observatory did issue a warning regarding the gases released during the eruption, which could result in volcanic smog downwind of the volcano. Individuals residing near the park were advised to take precautions to avoid inhaling volcanic particles expelled into the air. As a result of the eruption, the volcano's alert level was elevated to warning status, and the aviation color code was raised to red.

This recent eruption follows a previous event in June, when Kilauea erupted for several weeks. During that time, magnificent fountains of red lava were on display, but once again, no communities or structures were threatened. Visitors flocked to the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where they were able to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of nature while being kept at a safe distance.

It is worth noting that Kilauea has a notorious history of eruptions, with the last significant eruption occurring from September 2021 to December 2021. Tragically, the 2018 eruption resulted in the destruction of more than 700 homes. Scientists and experts are closely monitoring the current eruption, evaluating its potential hazards and impact on the surrounding areas.

As the world continues to marvel at the raw power and beauty of Kilauea, it serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between human existence and the forces of nature. The residents and visitors near the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remain on high alert, taking every precaution to ensure their safety while witnessing the remarkable display of nature's might.

/ Monday, September 11, 2023, 2:41 PM /

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