Potential for eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano declines

  • This Aug. 13, 2021 photograph provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the crater of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island in Hawaii National Park, Hawaii. Geologists on Tuesday, Aug. 24 said they had detected a swarm of earthquakes at the volcano, though it is not erupting. (Drew Downs/U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

HONOLULU — The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Thursday it lowered its alert level for Kilauea volcano to advisory from watch after the immediate potential for an eruption had diminished.

The observatory said it acted after earthquake activity and ground swelling decreased during the past 24 hours.

The new advisory alert means volcanic activity has decreased significantly but scientists will continue to monitor Kilauea for more increases.

Scientists had raised the alert level to watch on Tuesday after detecting more than 100 small earthquakes and observing changes to the ground surface at Kilauea’s summit crater.

These developments indicated magma was moving underground and there was a possibility the volcano could erupt.

People were never believed to be at risk as the changes occurred in an uninhabited area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that is closed to the public.

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It has erupted 34 times since 1952.

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