Hawaii declares emergency over Kilauea volcano eruption

Source : 112 Ukraine

The eruption also caused a 4.4 magnitude earthquake
23:25, 21 December 2020

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Kilauea, an active shield volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, has erupted, ABC reports.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the situation is "rapidly evolving." It's unclear what, if any, damage has occurred so far.

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The eruption began late Sunday within the volcano's Halemaumau crater, at the summit of Kilauea. The HVO said it detected a "glow" within the crater at about 9:30 p.m. local time.

About an hour later, the agency recorded a magnitude 4.4 earthquake located beneath Kilauea's south flank.

A "red" alert was then issued. It means an eruption is "imminent" with the likely emission of significant volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

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