Watch as lava flow erupts from Kilauea crater in Hawaii
A large cone-shaped vent in the Halemaumau lava lake, located at the summit of Kilauea, collapsed Sunday morning. It created a robust spillway of molten rock and amazing fountains of airborne lava.
HAWAII – Volcano Week ended with a bang for a handful of witnesses near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.
A large cone-shaped vent in the Halemaumau lava lake, located at the summit of Kilauea, collapsed Sunday morning. It created a robust spillway of molten rock and amazing fountains of airborne lava, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said.
As the sun began to rise about 7 a.m., volunteer photographer Janice Wei filmed the eruption zoomed in from the Kilauea overlook. Only 15 or so other people were there.
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The U.S. Geological Survey said the current eruption occurred in a closed area of the park and poses no threat. High levels of volcanic gas are the primary hazard of concern, as this hazard can have far-reaching effects downwind of the volcano.
Additional hazards include Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass fragments from lava fountains that will fall downwind and dust the ground within a few hundred yards of the erupting vent.
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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to closely monitor the Kilauea volcano.
NPS hosted Volcano Week from Feb. 5-11 to raise awareness of the important role volcanoes have in shaping our planet.