With a new vent opening at one of the most active volcanoes in the world, lava was seen shooting up to 65 feet high in the air, according to scientists at the Kilauea volcano on Sunday. The Kilauea volcano has been actively erupting since 1983.
The eruption began shortly after the floor at Pu’u O’o crater collapsed on Saturday around 5 p.m. The fissure eruption occurred along the middle of Kilauea’s east rift zone, which lies approximately 2 miles west of Pu’u O’o.
At the summit of Kilauea, lava flow was rampant on Saturday but began to slow moving into Sunday. 150 earthquakes have been recorded in Kilauea over the past 24 hours leading to the flow of lava activity from the growing fissure.
Due to the recent volcanic activity and for the safety of locals and tourists as well, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has made the decision to close down Chain of Craters Road as well as all of the east rift zone and trails around the coast. The Kulanaokuaiki campground has also been closed down until further notice.
Fortunately, no homes have been threatened during this recent volcanic activity. However, scientists are continuing to study the volcano and continue to take readings of the expanding fissure.
Here are some interesting facts about Hawaii’s most active volcano, Kilauea:
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes, yet it is the youngest of volcanoes located in Hawaii. Kilauea is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea has erupted over 60 times since it became active.
Kilauea is what is referred to as a shield volcano and is located in a crater which is 3,646 feet deep. A shield volcano is known for having broad and gentle slopes and built by lava flows of low viscosity.
Lava flows out from a volcano in many different directions, though from a central summit or group of summits. This flow of lava leads to the building of the broad and gently sloping cone or dome shape of a shield volcano. The largest volcanoes on earth are shield volcanoes.
Kilauea has a circumference of over 8 miles and is surrounded by a wall of volcanic rock some 200 to over 500 feet high. Kilauea is one of only five active volcanoes in Hawaii. To the locals, Kilauea is considered or thought to be the home of the Goddess of fire, also known as Pele.
Hawaii volcano spews lava 65 feet high after crater collapse