HONOLULU – One of the world’s most active volcanoes is erupting on the island of Hawaii.
US Geological Survey officials confirmed Wednesday that the eruption began in Kalauea’s Halemaumau crater at a mountain summit.
The eruption is not in a residential area and is entirely within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The volcano part of the notification was raised to “warning” and the flight code changed to red.
On Wednesday, officials said it increased the activity of earthquakes and landslides that were detected, and at the same time raised awareness measures accordingly.
Kilauea had a major eruption in 2018 that destroyed many homes and left thousands of residents. Prior to the eruption, the volcano had been erupting slowly for decades, but not in the wild. The same volcanic eruption Wednesday erupted again in December and continued until May.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said she had not yet reached the park, but her colleagues said they had seen some coals scattered and shining during the meeting.
“He saw it from the Volcano House, which is two miles from the crash site, so I guess … we’ll be able to see the bright light, and who knows more,” he said.
The Volcano House is a hotel and restaurant within a national park near the tourist area. The park is open to visitors.
Ferracane said the blast area is not close to people who can climb or drive. Roads descending from the blast were closed for years.
“The park is open and no roads are closed at this time,” Ferracane said.