Volcano Erupts

October 4, 2021
Volcano Erupts

Currently all the activity is within the park.

USGS scientist Ken Hon, Hawaii Volcano Observatory, on Kilauea volcano.
  • A previous eruption in 2018 damaged homes and caused evacuations.

    Over four months in 2018, Kilauea spewed enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, burying an area more than half the size of Manhattan in up to 80 feet (24 meters) of now-hardened lava. The molten rock reduced landmarks, streets and neighborhoods to a vast field of blackened boulders and volcanic shard. (AP)
  • Important context: Prior to the eruption in 2018, the volcano already had been erupting for more than 30 years. This current eruption has begun from the volcano's most active vent – the Halemaumau crater at its summit.

Why It Matters: The Kilauea volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the entire world.

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