Hawaiian Volcano Spews Lava 65 Feet Into The Air
There"s nothing like a little volcanic activity to get your heart racing. Scientists at the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island in Hawaii. say a new vent has opened at one of the world's most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the eruption was spotted shortly after the floor at the Pu'u O'o crater collapsed around 5 p.m. Saturday.
"As a volcanogist, this is what we do. These are the moments we wait for," volcanogist Janet Babb told KHON2. "It is exciting to see an eruption begin particularly if you can see it from the very start."
Kilauea has been in constant eruption since Jan. 3, 1983.
At the summit, lava receded rapidly late Saturday but seemed to slow Sunday. There were also about 150 small earthquakes were recorded within Kilauea in the past 24 hours.
Scientists said areas near the vent could erupt or collapse without warning, posing a threat to visitors or hikers to the area. Also potentially lethal concentrations of sulfer dioxide gas could be present within about a half-mile downwind of vent areas.