Update on Kilauea Eruption

Maya Anderson, Reporter

A series earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what would happen next at one of the world’s most active volcanoes. A lake of lava near the summit of Kilauea has risen to a record-high level after a recent explosion. In the past few days, the molten rock has began sinking, and the surface of the lava fell nearly 500 feet. Earthquakes rattled the volcano with as many as 25 quakes per hour. They have detected that the ground was deforming. Right now there are two active eruptions on Kilauea, the lava lake in Halemaumau crater and the Pu’u ‘O’o vent. It’s possible that because of the earthquakes that have took place, a new eruption might occur southwest of the Halemaumau crater, or even the crater itself. The eruption wouldn’t pose a threat to any communities.

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