Residents of the Puna district on Hawaii’s Big Island are being urged to remain alert after hundreds of small earthquakes at the Kilauea volcano’s east rift zone (see video below). The quakes, which hit in recent days, indicate an eruption could be imminent. A recent increase in earthquakes—150 in the last 24 hours—could indicate an upcoming explosion.
Dozens of earthquakes shook Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Wednesday, as scientists warned of a possible eruption following the collapse of the crater floor at the Puu Oo vent.
The Hawaii County Civil Defense advised residents in certain areas to prepare an emergency plan in case an evacuation becomes necessary. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said county, state and federal agencies were preparing for a possible eruption.
Direction data (below) indicate the position of the event relative to the place.
- Lae ‘Apuki (historical), Hawaii 3.3 km (2.1 mi) N Population: 0
- Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii 29.4 km (18.3 mi) SSW Population: 11,404
- Hilo, Hawaii 42.8 km (26.6 mi) S Population: 43,263
- Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 102.9 km (63.9 mi) ESE Population: 11,975
- Honolulu, Hawaii 363.3 km (225.7 mi) SE Population: 371,657
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Video: Volcano in Hawaii could erupt after hundreds of small earthquakes