- Seismic activities have been recorded since Monday on the Big Island of Hawaii
- These earthquakes are prompting concerns of a possible eruption from Kilauea Volcano
Hundreds of earthquakes in Hawaii is rattling the eastern side of Big Island since Monday; prompting concerns of a possible eruption from Kilauea Volcano as red-hot magma roils underground.
According to a report by CNN, the US Geological Survey revised the most severe quake to a magnitude 5 from the 4.6 reported earlier. It hit at 10:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. Within half an hour, two more quakes came, registering at 2.5 and 2.7. There have been a total of six smaller earthquakes since the biggest one, the agency said.
The government agency added that lava is already flowing under the ground of Highway 130, the mostly residential area’s main thoroughfare. There are a number of vacation homes in the area, so be sure to check on conditions with your host if your stay is occurring in the next week.
The area is preparing for evacuation, the mayor’s office reports, should the lava burst up to the surface, but there’s also no way to pinpoint exactly where the lava would erupt.
Kilauea is a currently the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii. 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. Kilauea last recorded eruption was January 3, 1983.