The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted late Sunday, authorities mentioned, warning of a doable “significant emission” of volcanic ash into the environment.
“An eruption has commenced within Kilauea’s summit caldera,” shortly after 9:30 pm native time (0730 GMT), mentioned the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
“The situation is rapidly evolving and HVO (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory) will issue another statement when more information is available.”
Images posted by the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park confirmed billows of pink smoke rising into the evening sky.
The USGS warned of a “significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere” and upgraded its aviation shade code to pink, advising pilots to keep away from the world round Kilauea.
The National Weather Service reported prevailing winds may push the ashfall in direction of communities on the southwest of Big Island and mentioned folks with respiratory issues ought to take “extra precaution”.
The USGS reported a shallow, 4.4-magnitude earthquake close to the volcano shortly after the eruption.
Kilauea, a well-liked vacationer attraction, is without doubt one of the world’s most energetic volcanoes and has been erupting often for the reason that 1950s.
In 2014 Big Island declared a state of emergency after red-hot lava from Kilauea ignited a home and threatened your complete city of Pahoa on the jap tip of the island.
Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is the biggest of the eight fundamental islands which make up the Pacific US state — an archipelago that features tons of of smaller volcanic islands.
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