According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the United States Geological Survey, Kilauea volcano is erupting, causing lava and filamentous volcanic glass known as Pele’s hair to flow into Hawaii’s skies.
The eruption began around 3:20 pm local Hawaii time on Wednesday (September 29) when the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected a glow from a webcam at the summit of Kilauea. Its brilliance indicated that a lava eruption was occurring at the Halemaumau crater (a much larger Kilauea caldera, or a pit crater surrounded by the crater).
Web camera footage also revealed a crack in the base of the Halemaumau crater, which was releasing lava flows onto the surface of a lava lake that was active until May 2021. USGS said in a statement.. However, the eruption at Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii is currently not a threat to the general public as it is confined to the Halemaumau Crater.
“At this point, I don’t think anyone is at risk, but I want to remind people that the park remains open,” said Hawaii County spokesman Cyrus Jonasen. Talked to Hawaii News Station KHON2 On September 29, he added, “We are open until the evening. Please be careful especially if you have a respiratory system.”
However, according to the USGS, some of the erupting parks are not currently open to the public.
Due to the eruption, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory raised Kilauea’s volcanic alert level from “surveillance” to “warning” and raised the aviation color code from orange to red. This alerts the pilot to possible ash emissions. These are the highest warning levels, meaning that “a large volcanic eruption is imminent, underway or suspected, and dangerous activity is taking place both on the ground and in the air.” According to the USGS..
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening, some pilots operating an aircraft near Kilauea reported seeing volcanic glass known as Pele’s hair. According to the National Weather Service.. Bubbles in the lava burst on the surface, forming sharp golden glass strands named after the Hawaiian fire and volcanic goddess Pele.
“Ruptured foam skin may pop out and part of the skin may become stretched into these very long threads.[s] A few feet long [more than half a meter] Don Swanson, a research geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, I told live science before..
Pele’s hair may be beautiful, but it’s dangerous to get it from drinking water, Swanson warned.
The current eruption is the latest in a series of long volcanic activities in Kilauea. At an altitude of 4,009 feet (1,222 m) above the ground, the shield-shaped volcano has a magma pumping system that extends more than 37 miles (60 km) below Earth. According to the USGS.. Kilauea has erupted 34 times since 1952, erupting almost continuously along the East Rift Zone from 1983 to 2018. The vents of the Halemaumau Crater had a lively lava pond and a lively gas plume from 2008 to 2018.
Kilauea’s volcanic activity I made a headline in May 2018Just as the lava lake on the summit caldera revived with lava fountains and new crevices, when the lava created a bright red river, destroyed hundreds of homes and then flowed into the sea.
From December 2020 to May 2021, the eruption of the summit created a lava lake in the Halemaumau crater, and in August 2021. A series of small earthquakes The summit rattled.
Originally published in Live Science.
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