Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

Max Schwartzman, Editor-in-Chief

Hawaiian volcano has a code red eruption, but there is no current or immediate danger to the local population as of now.

Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park volcano Kilauea erupted on September 30, 2021. The volcano had been quiet for almost 10-months before it erupted the other day. 

Scientists at Kilauea describe the eruption as not an imminent threat. “Ken Hon, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge, said the eruption started about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday,” in an interview with local news agency and NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now, “and that lava is confined within the crater. At this time, there are no threats to any buildings or nearby communities as the eruption is within Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park.”

Kilauea is one of the country’s most active volcanoes, located in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Volcanoes National Park is home to the Kilauea and Mona Loa volcanoes, with Mona Loa being the tallest volcano on earth from base to summit.

While an eruption from this volcano is fairly common,” Kīlauea’s last eruption took place in December 2020,” according to international media company Reuters news, “when a water-filled lake that had formed at the crater evaporated, replaced by a lava lake”

The eruption on September 30, 2021, caused a code red eruption warning issued by the United States Geological Survey. As of October 6, 2021, the eruption has been downgraded to a code orange watch.

With the eruption of the volcano came an eruption alert, the Kilauea volcano is erupting, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) wrote in an eruption alert. Around 3:20 pm Hawaiian Standard Time (UTC -10:00) on the 29th of September, the USGS Volcano Observatory detected a glowing in Kilauea’s summit caldera. The Observatory’s webcams show fissures creating lava flows on the lava lake. 

A minor earthquake, measuring IV on the Modified Mercalli Scale, was reported around the Island of Hawaii and Kilauea volcano on October 6, 2021.  No major damage or injuries from the earthquake were reported.