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Earthquakes signal that Hawaii’s Kilauea is about to erupt again

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s second-largest volcano is likely to erupt again shortly after a brief hiatus.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday a shallow earthquake storm had been detected below Kilauea’s summit. That indicates that “resumption of eruptive activity at the Kilauea summit is likely imminent,” according to the USGS.

Scientists said Tuesday that the lava stopped flowing after 61 days of volcanic activity, but Kilauea lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It also erupted from September 2021 to last December. A 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 homes.

For about two weeks last December, Hawaii’s largest volcano, Mauna Loaalso erupted on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The twin eruptions of Hawaii’s largest volcanoes provided a temporary boost to tourism during the low season.

Volcanic eruptions have deep spiritual and cultural significance to Native Hawaiians. When Mauna Loa began to erupt in November after being dormant for 38 years, many Hawaiians took part in cultural traditions such as singing, singing, and dancing in honor of Pele, the deity of volcanoes and fire, and leaving behind offerings known as as “hookupu”.


Joanna Swanson

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