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The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted early on Wednesday, spewing out huge flows of lava.

Sensational live feeds from the US Geological Survey (USGS) captured the eruption at the Halemaʻumaʻu crater. The USGS said lava flows are currently confined to the surrounding crater floor and the eruption does not pose a threat to the public.

The USGS elevated the volcano’s aviation color code to red – meaning ash from the eruption could pose a threat to aviation.

Kilauea last erupted in January, with activity stretching into March, the USGS said. 

The organization’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detected a glow in Kilauea summit webcam images on Wednesday at 4:44 am HST, indicating a new eruption.

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‘The opening phases of eruptions are dynamic,’ the USGS said in an advisory. ‘The activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu (crater) and the hazards will be reassessed as the eruption progresses.’ 

Live images show fissures at the base of the crater generating lava flows on the crater floor’s surface, the observatory said. 

Before issuing the eruption notice, the observatory said increased earthquake activity and changes in the patterns of ground deformation at the summit started Tuesday night, indicating the movement of magma in the subsurface. 

Located in a closed area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. In 2019, a string of earthquakes and a major eruption at Kilauea led to the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses.

A 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 homes.

Before the major 2018 eruption, Kilauea had been erupting since 1983, and streams of lava occasionally covered farms and homes. During that time, the lava sometimes reached the ocean, causing dramatic interactions with the water.