HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began erupting at its summit crater Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than a month after the volcano and its larger neighbor Mauna Loa stopped spewing lava.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected a glow in webcam images that showed Kilauea had begun erupting inside Halemaumau Crater in the volcano’s summit caldera, the agency said.
The summit of Kilauea is in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and away from residential communities.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It last erupted in 16 months, starting in September 2021. For about two weeks starting on November 27, Hawaii had two volcanoes spewing lava side by side when Mauna Loa erupted for the first time in 38 years. Both volcanoes it stopped erupting around the same time.
Earlier on Thursday, the US Geological Survey raised the alert level for Kilauea due to signs of magma moving below the summit’s surface, an indication that the volcano could erupt.
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