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The Kīlauea​ Volcano​ began a large eruption in early May of 2018.[1]​ The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, but the activity that began in May 2018 has been unusually dramatic, producing massive lava flows.[15]

 

Details

Several hours after a 5.0 magnitude Earthquake​, the volcano began erupting on May 3rd of 2018 and has destroyed at least 35 homes.[1]​ This Seismic activity​ cascaded along the Ring of Fire​. [14]

 

There were 1,700 people who had to evacuate their residences due to the eruption. [1]

 

So far, there have not been any reported deaths or injuries as a result of the eruption. [1]

 

As of May 9th of 2018, there were Sulfur dioxide​ levels of 100 Parts per million​, causing an evacuation notice from the US Geologic Survey​. [12]

 

The primary area affected is Pahoa, Hawaii​. [12]​ Residents reported seeing, hearing and feeling large explosions, scorching forests and displacing many people. [13]

 

History

The peak of the volcano has been measured to be 1,227m above sea level. Although it appears to be part of the Mauna Loa​ volcano, it actually is separate, with its own vent and conduit system. It has erupted around 60 times since 1983, when it began its current cycle. [14]​ 

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Created: 05/08/2018 07:25:00 AM UTC
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