Kilauea Volcano Eruption Largest in 200 Years

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Scientists say that the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii this year was the largest in 200 years.

When it erupted in the Big Island it engulfed homes and filled a bay.

The 2018 lower Puna eruption was a volcanic event on the island of Hawaiiʻi, on Kīlauea volcano's East Rift Zone that began on May 3, 2018. It is related to the larger eruption of Kīlauea that began on January 3, 1983, though some volcanologists and USGS scientists are considering whether to classify it a new eruption.

Kīlauea is a currently active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaiiʻi. Located along the southern shore of the island, the volcano is between 300,000 and 600,000 years old and emerged above sea level about 100,000 years ago.



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