Volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island and is set to spew ash onto 186,000 people who live there

  • The Kilauea volcano erupted late on Sunday within the Halema’uma’u crater
  • The National Weather Service warned ash is likely to fall on the island
  • The volcano last erupted in 2018 and is the most active in Hawaii 

A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted and is set to spew ash on to its 186,000 islanders. 

The US Geological Survey said the Kilauea volcano erupted late on Sunday within the Halema’uma’u crater. 

The active volcano is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

An advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, warning of fallen ash from the volcano. 

Excessive exposure to ash is an eye and respiratory irritant, it said.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has also been reported in the area shortly after the eruption began. 

The volcano erupted continuously between 1983 and 2018, destroying a number of towns and homes over the years.

In 2018, an explosive eruption caused ash to fly 30,000ft into the air, causing a months-long closure of the national park.

Later that year, after months of inactivity, the eruption that had been going continuously for 25 years was declared to be ended. 

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