See the awesome power of nature is on full display as Kilauea Volcano erupts again on Hawaii’s Big Island. And the photos of it are haunting.
The U.S. Geological Survey said that it detected an eruption Wednesday in the Halemaumau crater at the top of the volcano, the New York Post reported. It’s the first major eruption for the Kilauea since 2018. That eruption destroyed more than 700 homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. Though, this eruption isn’t near any homes or residents.
“All signs indicate that it will stay within the crater,” Ken Hon, a USGS scientist, told the Post. “We’re not seeing any indications that lava is moving into the lower part of the east rift zone where people live. Currently, all the activity is within (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park).”
As magma fills the crater, it creates a glow that people can see from miles away. You can see photos and live webcams of the eruption on the USGS website.
Though, it’s hard to tell as eruptions sometimes go on for months before geologists detect them.
“We do know that one thing that happens is that the magma keeps coming in to Kilauea at a pretty constant rate and so it’s either filling the inside of the volcano and repressurize it or it’s coming out to the surface,” Hon said.
The 2018 eruption lasted for four months, and the volcano spewed enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, ABC News said. Hardened lava from that eruption now covers an area half the size of Manhattan.
Cumbre Vieja Volcano Eruption Scorches the Canary Islands
While the Kilauea Volcano isn’t threatening lives or homes, the Cumbre Vieja volcano displaced thousands of people on the Canary Islands.
The Spanish government evacuated more than 6,000 people from La Palma since the volcano began erupting last week, the Daily Mail said. Geologists believe the eruption could last up to three months. The country said it will declare the island a “catastrophe zone” next week.
The government’s quick action saved lives as there are no reported deaths or serious injuries. Though, hundreds will likely lose everything they own as lava creeps across the island toward the Atlantic Ocean. So far, lava has consumed more than 600 homes. Scientists are also warning of potential explosions of toxic gases in Playa Nueva as water reached the lava this week.
Satellite images from NASA show massive clouds of smoke pouring from the volcano. They also capture the size and scope of the disaster.