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Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupts for the first time since 2018

Officials from the US Geological Survey confirmed that the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii began erupting at its summit, and footage of the crater showed lava fountains covering the floor of the crater and billowing clouds of volcanic gas.

According to the Associated Press, the volcanic eruption is not in an area with homes and is completely contained within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

“All indications are that it will remain inside the crater,” said Ken Hoon, a USGS scientist in charge of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory. “We see no indications that the lava is moving toward the lower part of the eastern rift zone where people live.”

Earlier Wednesday, officials said increased earthquake activity and ground swells had been detected, at which time alert levels were raised accordingly.

The agency noted that a major eruption in Kilauea in 2018 destroyed more than 700 homes and displaced thousands of residents. Prior to that eruption, the volcano had been slowly erupting for decades but mostly not in residential areas.

Prior to the main 2018 eruption, the Kilauea volcano had been erupting since 1983 and lava streams were covering farms and country houses and during that time, lava occasionally reached the ocean, causing reactions with the water.

Over the course of four months in 2018, Kilauea released enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-size swimming pools, burying an area more than half the size of Manhattan. An explosive reaction between lava and groundwater.