The Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island came back to life on Sunday evening when lava shot into the air and boiled away a lake of water, releasing a massive cloud of steam, gas, and ash into the atmosphere

During the first hours of the eruption, lava quickly mixed with water in the summit’s crater lake to create steam. The sky above the eruption turned orange and red as people lined up to watch the gas and gas rise in the middle of the night See the column of steam rising above the volcano

Tom Birchard, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Hawaii, said lava was poured into the crater and mixed with the water to cause a violent eruption for about an hour.If lava interacts with water, it can become explosive Reactions come

All of the water evaporated from the lake and a cloud of steam shot about 9 kilometers into the atmosphere, Birchard

said

The water was the first ever recorded in the summit crater of Kilauea volcano.After a week of questions about a mysterious green stain at the bottom of the volcanic crater, researchers confirmed the presence of water in 2019.The lake had continued to fill up since then. p>

The eruption began late on Sunday in the caldera of the volcano, the US. Geological survey said due to the location of the erupting lava, no houses were evacuated and there was little risk to the public

The crater, named Halemaumau, is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and was home to a long-standing lava lake that existed for years before it drained in an eruption in 2018

The eruption lasted all Monday and scientists said it was hard to know how long it would last. After the water was gone, a lake of lava formed in the crater all day

The Honolulu National Meteorological Service issued a notice warning of ash from the volcano. Excessive ash exposure is an eye and respiratory irritant, the agency said later that the eruption was subsiding and a “low cloud of steam” was in the area lingered

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said in a telephone interview that volcanic activity poses a risk to the people in the park and that caution should be exercised

“It’s pretty spectacular this morning,” she said, “but there are huge amounts of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas and particulates and these are just oozing out of the crater and posing a threat to everyone, especially those with heart or heart breathing problems , Infants, Young Children and Pregnant Women ”

She also said that cars are lining up at the park entrance to take a look at the lava

“There are lots of cars waiting on Crater Rim Drive to get to Kilauea People should expect long waits for parking,” she said

Ferracane also said people should be alert to the coronavirus pandemic and take steps to stay safe

“We’re not doing crowd control yet, but that could happen,” she said. “Right now we’re asking people to wear a mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 We saw some visitors exposed last night ”

At 1 amUSGS officials told Hawaii News Well, lava fountains were reported shooting about 50 meters into the sky

David Phillips, a spokesman for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said the agency is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation

“We will continue to send notifications on Kilauea and other Hawaiian volcanoes as we observe changes,” he said

The USGS said it had received more than 500 reports from people feeling the earthquake, but no significant damage to buildings or structures was expected

Kilauea last erupted in 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and spewing out enough lava to make 320000 Olympic Pools to Fill An area more than half the size of Manhattan was buried in lava of up to 24 meters (80 feet) of now hardened lava. The lava flowed over the course of four months

The eruption in 2018 occurred along a fissure zone on the volcanic flank, in which many residential areas had emerged.The eruption last night was contained in the summit caldera in the national park

The volcano had not erupted since 2018, but had previously had active lava flows for more than three decades. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth

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