Kilauea is erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island

Leaping fountains of orange fire erupting from lava in a crater. Billowing white smoke.
Kilauea is erupting. The latest eruption began on September 10, 2023, after a 2-month pause. The volcano is located in a national park on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is Hawaii’s 2nd-largest volcano. Image via USGS.

Kilauea is erupting

According to the USGS, Kilauea volcano – one of Earth’s most active volcanoes, located on the Big Island of Hawaii – is erupting. Since the volcano began erupting at approximately 3:15 p.m. HST on September 10, 2023 (1:15 UTC September 11), USGS reported:

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observed eruptive activity in Kilauea summit webcam images, and from field reports. [The reports indicated] that an eruption has commenced within Halema’uma’u crater and on the down dropped block to the east in Kilauea’s summit caldera, within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

This latest eruption for Kilauea comes after a two-month pause. AP is reporting that the volcano is:

… displaying glowing lava that is a safe distance from people and structures in a national park on the Big Island.

This is the third eruption this year, after activity in January and June. Previously, Kilauea had erupted from September 2021 until last December. And a 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 homes.

Photo and video chronology of Kilauea’s latest eruption, here

Kilauea is erupting: Copious, glowing lava flow with lava fountaining into the air in the background.
Volcanic eruption in Kilauea’s crater creates pools and currents of glowing lava. Image via USGS.

Smog alert

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory said that gases released by the eruption will cause volcanic smog downwind of Kilauea. Therefore, according to AP, the observatory said that:

People living near the park should try to avoid volcanic particles spewed into the air by the eruption …

The volcano’s alert level was raised to warning status and the aviation color code went to red as scientists evaluate the eruption and associated hazards.

See the moment it began erupting again

Bottom line: Kilauea is erupting, following a two-month pause. The volcano – on the Big Island of Hawaii – began erupting Sunday, September 10, 2023.


Via AP

September 12, 2023

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