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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts in national park

HONOLULU – One of the most active volcanoes on the planet is erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii.

US Geological Survey officials confirmed on Wednesday that an eruption had started in Kilauea’s Halemaumau crater at the top of the volcano.

The eruption is not in an area with houses and is completely contained within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The volcano’s alert level was raised to “warning” and the aviation code turned red.

Earlier Wednesday, officials said an increase in seismic activity and swelling of the soil had been detected, and that at that time, alert levels had been raised accordingly.

Kilauea experienced a major eruption in 2018 that destroyed dozens of homes and displaced thousands of residents. Prior to this eruption, the volcano had been erupting slowly for decades, but not in residential areas. The same area of ​​the volcano that started erupting on Wednesday also erupted in December and lasted until May.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said she had not yet arrived at the park, but her colleagues reported seeing lava splash and glow in the crater of the Mountain peak.

“He saw it from Volcano House, which is at least 2 miles from the eruption site, so I suspect … we may be able to see a pretty glow, and who knows what else,” he said. she declared.

The Volcano House is a hotel and restaurant located in the national park next to the visitor center. The park is open to visitors.

Ferracane said the erupting area is not close to where people can hike or drive. The trails downwind of the eruption have been closed for years.

“The park is open and there is no road closure at the moment,” Ferracane said.