West News Wire: Less than a month after it and its larger neighbor Mauna Loa ceased spilling lava from an earlier eruption, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii started erupting.

Webcam images, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, showed Kilauea had started erupting on Thursday inside Halemaumau crater at the volcano’s summit caldera.

The summit of Kilauea is located far from populated areas, inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The United States Geological Survey increased the alert level for Kilauea earlier on Thursday as a result of indications that magma was flowing beneath the summit’s surface and the volcano may erupt.

According to the agency, vog, also known as volcanic haze, was formed by the eruption and was visible downwind of Kilauea.

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. For about two weeks starting on November 27, Hawaii had two volcanoes spewing lava side by side when Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, erupted for the first time in 38 years.

Both volcanoes stopped erupting at about the same time.

During the twin eruptions, visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park were able to see lava from both eruptions at the same time.

Lava from Mauna Loa didn’t pose a threat to any communities, but it flowed to within 1.7 miles (2.7km) of a major highway connecting the east and west sides of Hawaii, the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. A 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 residences.

The observatory will continue monitoring the volcanoes for signs of renewed activity. Hon previously said there is generally a three-month “cooling-off” period before scientists consider an eruption to be complete.

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It was unclear what connection there could be to the volcanoes stopping their eruptions around the same time. The volcanoes can be seen at the same time from multiple spots in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near Kilauea’s caldera.

Scientists plan to look at data to study the relationship between the two volcanoes, Hon previously said.

For Native Hawaiians, volcanic eruptions have deep cultural and spiritual significance.

During Mauna Loa’s eruption, many Hawaiians took part in cultural traditions, such as leaving offerings, singing, chanting and dancing to honour Pele, the deity of volcanoes and fire.


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