Kilauea volcano in Hawaii active again
The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted. One of its craters began spewing lava on Thursday afternoon (local time, Friday morning CET), the US earthquake monitoring station USGS said. Lava fountains up to 30 meters high have been sighted.
SCREENSHOT – A webcam image from the US Geological Survey shows Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, from the west rim of the summit crater. Photo: Uncredited/US Geological Survey/AP/dpa – ATTENTION: For editorial use only in connection with the current reporting and only with full naming of the above credits
So far, the activity has been limited to the summit zone of the 1247 meter high volcano. The earthquake station warned of dangerous gases in the area.
The Kilauea is located southeast of the 4170 meter high Mauna Loa on the largest island of the Hawaiian chain of islands, which itself bears the name “Hawaii” and is also called “Big Island”. Mauna Loa erupted in late November but is currently quiet, according to the USGS. The Pacific Archipelago is a US state about 3700 kilometers southwest of the US west coast. The capital Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu northwest of the “Big Island”.