Researchers observed that there is a high risk for a volcano eruption to occur in Hawaii. Images caught on camera reveal that there is a bubbling lava lake on the top of Kīlauea Volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The volcano is one of the most active in the world, and an eruption will come as no surprise.
The images of the active lava lake were discovered on Saturday. The level of the lava inside the volcano has been rising in the past weeks, and it has reached one of the highest levels recorded by scientists. Although it has currently dropped, the level is due to rise again, according to the researchers’ calculations.
The signs of an upcoming volcano eruption are not only the fluctuating lava levels. There have also been registered earthquakes, which care common signs announcing an eruption. There were two earthquakes, reaching 3.1 in magnitude. They were only ten seconds apart from each other, as the scientist could tell.
The Kīlauea volcano’s activity is being supervised by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. They release information on the lava levels and the seismic activity. Researchers declared that they expect more from the volcano:
“It is likely that the summit will begin to inflate, and the lava lake will begin to rise again, sometime today,” the researchers announced on September 11.
On Saturday, the lava went up to such an extent that it was only sixteen feet away from the rim. This could make it visible from the Jaggar Museum located inside of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park host two active volcanoes. One of them is talkative Kīlauea, while the other is Mauna Loa. The latter is a subaerial volcano.
Volcano eruptions arose when movements of the tectonic structures occur. They float on the lava beneath the surface of the Earth. There is a chance that they either meet and collide, or one of them submerges under the other. In both cases, earthquakes and volcano eruptions are caused. During eruptions, smoke, ashes, lava, and hot rocks are thrown out by volcanoes. When the material elements cool, they become part of the specific landscape.
The Hawaiian park is a great study object for researchers. They can observe the natural phenomena occurring there and document on the formation of the islands. As tourists can visit the park, they also can find unique landscapes shaped by the active volcanoes.
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