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published : 2023-09-13

Alert Level for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Downgraded after Third Eruption

Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, poses limited threat

A stunning aerial shot of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, showcasing its sheer magnitude and beauty. (taken with Canon EOS R5)

The alert level on Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, was downgraded Monday.

The volcano, located on Hawaii's Big Island, erupted for the third time this year.

Fortunately, there is no infrastructure at risk, and there is minimal threat of significant ash emission outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

This downgrade comes after a recent eruption, as reported by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

A mesmerizing close-up of red lava flowing from Kilauea, illustrating the raw power and intensity of the volcano. (taken with Nikon D850)

During an eruption in June, Kilauea displayed impressive fountains of red lava but did not endanger any communities or structures.

Visitors flocked to the safe vantage points within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness the majestic display.

The current eruption has been contained to Kilauea's caldera within the park.

Experts at the observatory assure that there are no signs of activity spreading elsewhere on the volcano and expect the eruption to remain localized at the summit region.

A breathtaking panoramic view of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, offering a glimpse of the serene landscape surrounding Kilauea. (taken with Sony A7 III)

According to Mike Zoeller, a geologist with the observatory, this eruption is a continuation of ongoing unrest since 2020 and does not indicate heightened activity beyond the norm.

It is worth noting that Kilauea previously erupted from September 2021 until December of last year, causing significant destruction to over 700 homes.

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