Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which recently erupted for five months, has started spewing lava again
Officials note that Hawaii‘s Big Island is not currently at risk to local residents, but the situation is being monitored for further escalation.
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory raised its alert level earlier in the day after seeing a surge in seismic readings.
“Around noon on September 29, 2021, increased earthquake activity and changes in the patterns of soil deformation occurred at Kilauea Summit, suggesting movement of magma underground,” USGS said.
The agency said it discovered a glow in the summit crater of Kilauea using observatory webcams around 3:20 p.m. local time, suggesting an eruption had begun.
David Phillips, the observatory’s deputy scientist in charge, told CNN that evidence of changes in the location had been detected the night before.
“Just after midnight, earthquake activity and seismic swarms increased,” he said.
The eruption is entirely within the boundaries of the park. There is currently no threat to life or infrastructure, Phillips said, but the outbreak could potentially last months.