Published: 09:19 GMT, 21 December 2020 | Updated: 10:22 GMT, 21 December 2020

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted and is set to spew ash on to its 186,000 islanders. 

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted and is set to spew ash on to its 186,000 islanders

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has also been reported in the area shortly after the eruption began

An advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, warning of fallen ash from the volcano. 

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has also been reported in the area shortly after the eruption began. 

The Geological Survey said it received more than 500 reports of people who felt tremors but buildings and structures are not expected to suffer serious damage.

The volcano is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is the most active in the island

An advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, warning of fallen ash from the volcano 

The US Geological Survey said the Kilauea volcano erupted late on Sunday within the Halema’uma’u crater

The volcano erupted continuously between 1983 and 2018, destroying a number of towns and homes over the years.

In 2018, an explosive eruption caused ash to fly 30,000ft into the air, causing a months-long closure of the national park.

An area more than half the size of Manhattan was buried in up to 80ft of lava which has now hardened, flowing over the course of four months.

Later that year, after months of inactivity, the eruption that had been going continuously for 25 years was declared to be ended. 

The volcano erupted continuously between 1983 and 2018, destroying a number of towns and homes over the years (pictured in 1984)

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