Hawaii volcano ‘paused’ after eruption in remote part of Kilauea National Park

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano The eruption began Monday morning, but officials said the eruption on the state’s Big Island did not pose an immediate threat to life or critical infrastructure.

The US Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory has warned of the potential for volcanic ash to be ejected into the atmosphere. Can damage aircraft. About six hours later, at 8:30 a.m., The observatory said The eruption was less of a threat, with little or no ash emissions expected.

The eruption was occurring in a remote area of ​​Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and was a “low eruption volume,” the observatory said. According to the observatory, the main hazards of the eruption were gas emissions from the volcano and rock fragments known as tephra.

A few hours later, another observatory announced that the eruption had “stopped”:

The USGS observatory said Monday’s activity was limited to the area around Kilauea’s summit and the southern part of its caldera, the term for the large bowl-shaped depressions that form on volcanoes. The eruption began at 12:30 a.m. about 2.5 miles southwest of the caldera, the agency said.

The observatory said the glow seen in the webcam images indicated lava was spewing from fissures in the area. Later in the morning, the US Geological Survey took an aerial picture of the lava shooting from the cracks.

Eruptions release large amounts of volcanic gas, which includes sulfur dioxide. The gas reacts with the atmosphere to form volcanic smog known as humidityAccording to the observatory, that can cause air that is dangerous to human health and can damage plants.

An aerial image shows the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on June 3, 2024.

US Geological Survey

The last eruption at Kilauea was in September 2023 and lasted for a week. According to the US Geological Survey. Monday’s area of ​​activity hasn’t seen an eruption in nearly 50 years. The December 1974 eruption lasted about six hours, the observatory said. The agency could not say how long Monday’s eruption would last.

The eruption was preceded by an increase in seismic activity at Kilauea’s summit on Sunday, indicating that magma was moving below the surface, according to the observatory.

About 250 earthquakes were recorded under Kilauea’s summit region in an eight-hour period, according to the observatory. The strongest earthquake was of 4.1 magnitude on Sunday night.

The eruption plume of Kilauea volcano is seen at dawn on June 3, 2024.

US Geological Survey image by DA Phillips

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