Mount Kilauea Erupts after Quake

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted after a 4.4 earthquake.

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted after a 4.4 earthquake.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the eruption started late Sunday an hour after the 4.4 quake struck but other lesser tremors were also monitored hours earlier.  

The Hawaii county Civil Defense Agency (COH) ordered residents to stay indoors while the  USGS Hawaiian Volcano observatory (HVO) raised the alert level to warning.

“Accordingly, HVO has elevated Kīlauea’s volcano alert level to WARNING and its aviation color code to RED,” said the USGS HVO.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued an advisory about ashfalls in Pahala, Wood Valley, Naalehu, and Ocean View and reminded residents to avoid respiratory exposure.

Kīlauea last erupted in 2018 but the HVO said that it showed signs of eruption since November.  


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