Hawaii Travel Update: Kilauea Volcano Resumes Erupting On The Big Island

After a few weeks of inactivity, Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii resumed erupting last night.

As of now, the eruption is safely contained within its summit crater, Halemaumau, located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is currently no threat to any property or persons.

Travelers on the Big Island can once again view the eruption by heading to the Keanakakoi Overlook. While this is the only location that actual lava can be seen, its “glow” can be observed from other various locations around Halemaumau Crater, including the Volcano House.

The eruption began around 4:30 p.m. local time on January 5th. According to the USGS report, multiple small fountains were observed, with “bursts” up to 164 feet in height. Just three hours after the eruption began, the crater floor had about 32 feet of new lava within it.

Kilauea Volcano is one of – if not the – most active volcanoes in the world. It was continuously erupting for about 35 years from 1983 to 2018. It was quiet until December of 2020, and has experienced on-again, off-again activity ever since.

Most recently, it began erupting on September 29th of 2021 and continued until December 9th, 2022, the same day that nearby Mauna Loa, which was erupting for the first time since 1984, also ceased erupting.

So long as it stays safe, the new eruption is a great way to kick off the new year for Hawaii tourism, with volcano viewing being among the Big Island’s most sought-after experiences.


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