Earthquakes signal Hawaii’s Kilauea to erupt again soon

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s second largest volcano is likely to erupt again soon after a brief hiatus.

The US Geological Survey said Saturday that a shallow seismic storm had been spotted beneath Kilauea’s summit. This signals that “resumption of eruptive activity at Kilauea Summit is likely imminent,” the USGS said.

Scientists only said that on Tuesday Lava had stopped flowing after 61 days of volcanic activity, but Kilauea lives up to its reputation as one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It also erupted from September 2021 to last December. A 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 homes.

For about two weeks last December was Hawaii’s largest volcano Mauna Loaalso erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The twin eruptions of Hawaii’s largest volcanoes made for a temporary reinforcement to tourism in the off-season.

Volcanic eruptions hold deep spiritual and cultural significance for the Native Hawaiians. When Mauna Loa erupted in November after lying dormant for 38 years, many Hawaiians participated in cultural traditions such as chanting, chanting and dancing in honor of Pele, the deity of volcanoes and fire, and left offerings known as “Hookupu” are known.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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