The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted on 20th December 2020, Sunday night, followed by an earthquake that struck at the volcano’s south flank. 

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted on Sunday night, after that, an earthquake struck. According to an advisory from the U.S. Geological Survey, the residents are cautioned to stay indoors as steam clouded the sky and ash fell. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded an earthquake of magnitude 4.4, its epicenter located beneath Kīlauea Volcano’s south flank, at 10:36 p.m. (local time). 

Moreover, since 2018 this volcano eruption is the most activity seen at the volcano site. There were a string of earthquakes and explosive eruptions at the summit going on for over several months as a result of which there were forced evacuations. Because of these inflows of the lava, hundreds of homes were destroyed. According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, early on Monday, Sunday’s eruption was reported at the Halemaumau Crater of the Kilauea Volcano. The agency called on and urged the residents to stay indoors. In addition, USGS said that the eruption started with multiple fissures opening on the walls of the Halemaumau crater.

Meanwhile, a picture from the USGS showed Kilauea’s summit spitting out the hot lava with a crest of steam and gas bursting out of the volcano.

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