HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Kilauea volcano is putting on a show once again. The United States Geological Survey announced on Sunday that the volcano is erupting with activity confined within its Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
Activity was observed at approximately 3:15 a.m. in Kilauea summit via webcam images and from field reports.
A strong period of seismicity and rapid uplift of the summit, followed the eruption.
The volcano alert level went from WATCH to WARNING, along with its aviation color code changing from ORANGE to RED as associated hazards are determined.
For a deeper understanding of what the alert levels and color codes signify visit volcanic alert-levels characterize conditions at U.S. volcanoes.
Updates will be given daily at www.usgs.gov.
Should a significant change happen in volcanic activity, a new VAN will be issued.
Visitors of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are advised to note that under southerly (non-trade) wind conditions, there is potential for a dusting of powdery to gritty ash.
This is due to the composition of volcanic glass and rock fragments.
The ashfalls represent a minor hazard, according to HVO, but regardless, visitors should be aware of dusting around the Kilauea summit area.
Click here to see USGS’ live look of the crater.
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