Hawaii volcano gushes lava from vents in summit crater

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HONOLULU (AP) – A Hawaii volcano that began to erupt for the first time in two years continued to spout lava from two vents in its summit crater on Wednesday, but the molten rock posed no threat to them. people.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a lava lake that had formed in the crater reached a depth of 143 meters (470 feet) by the end of Tuesday.

The Kilauea volcano began spurting lava on Sunday after two years of relative silence. Calm has come after more than three decades of continuous eruption spanning from 1983 to 2018. About 700 homes were destroyed when lava surged through volcanic vents into a residential area in the last year of this episode .

Lava erupting from the ground in the last eruption is contained in Halemaumau, a massive crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The volcano also released large volumes of sulfur dioxide, estimated at around 30,000 metric tons (33,000 tons) per day as of Monday.

State Department of Health officials have urged people to be aware of the potential dangers of volcanic gas, which turns into volcanic smog, or vog, when it mixes with dust and sunlight. In previous eruptions, strong vog damaged agricultural crops in areas near the crater and worsened health conditions like asthma.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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