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HomeBreaking NewsKilauea volcano eruption resumes on Hawaii's Big Island

Kilauea volcano eruption resumes on Hawaii’s Big Island

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The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has started erupting again.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday night that its Hawaiian Volcano Observatory “detected glow” in webcam images of the Kilauea summit, “indicating that the eruption has resumed within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kīlauea’s summit caldera, within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.”

In this image posted to the USGS Volcanoes Twitter account, a fissure is shown within the Halema’uma’u crater in Kilauea’s summit caldera on Jan. 5, 2023.

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The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has elevated the volcano alert from “watch” to “warning.”

“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 USGS said. “The activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu and the hazards will be reassessed as the eruption progresses.”

Just last month, both Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos in the world, and Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, ignited the landscape of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Officials told ABC News at the time that it was a sign that Pele, the Polynesian goddess of fire, is blessing the land.

Locals and tourists alike flocked to the best spots to take in the views of the red-hot lava slowly bubbling from the crater of the volcanoes at the time.

A handout photo made available by the US Geological Survey shows a telephoto view of the lava lake within Halema’uma’u crater taken

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has started erupting again. The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday night that its Hawaiian Volcano Observatory "detected glow" in webcam images of the Kilauea summit, "indicating that the eruption has resumed within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kīlauea's summit caldera, within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park." Just last month, both Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos in the world, and Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, ignited the landscape of Hawaii's Big Island.

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