Residents of Hawaii’s Big Island were warned to stay indoors for their safety after Kilauea volcano erupted due to a series of earthquakes in the area.
The earthquakes occurred on Sunday evening around 10 p.m. local time. A magnitude 4.0 quake was reported. The US Geological Survey estimated that the quake was below the volcano’s southern flank while the eruption was in Halemaumau crater.
USGS officials described a “lava lake” that formed after the eruption and that gushed molten liquid in the well into the newly created lake.
The video shows a volcano throwing lava into the air
A video captured lava and ash that blew up when Kilauea erupted this morning.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020 8:10 PM
Scientists come to monitor the outbreak
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory reported that scientists monitored the Kilauea eruption from its summit.
In an image shared on social media, a scientist examines the three fissures that have opened and feed a lake of lava on the volcano.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020 6:15 pm
As of 6:15 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, the County Civil Defense Organization and the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory determined that the eruption in Kilauea Crater Lake has stabilized.
Hawaii News Now reports that the threat of falling ash is decreasing, although two to three cracks remain active.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020, 5:58 p.m.
Scientists surprised by sudden outbreak
Hawaii News Now reported that the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory scientist in charge was surprised by the volcano’s sudden eruption.
David Phillips, who oversees the observatory, said his team was planning to change the alert status for the volcano today based on its recent activities and was surprised when it erupted.
“We knew there was some above background activity going on and that there was a possibility of an outbreak, and then we went straight from counseling straight to an outbreak,” Phillips said.
Scientists do not believe this outbreak will directly threaten homes or communities, although they are closely monitoring developments.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020, 5:31 p.m.
Kilauea lights up the sky
The Kilauea eruption was captured by passing satellites.
The Sunomi NPP weather satellite, operated by NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, caught the glow of the lava when it first spat out of the volcano.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020, 5:09 p.m.
The US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Twitter account shared a video showing the lava flow from the western edge of Kilauea.
Graig GraziosiDecember 21, 2020 4:55 pm
Kilauea erupts on the state’s Big Island
The Kilauea eruption is accompanied by a number of earthquakes in the area, one of which measures 4.0 on the Richter scale. James Crump has the full story.
Harriet SinclairDecember 21, 2020 4:09 pm