The Big Island eruption occurred in Halemaumau crater late Sunday evening local time, COH said. The Kilauea Volcano Observatory raised the alert level to warning, it said in a report.
A glow was found in the crater of the volcanic summit, and “an eruption has begun in the caldera of Kilauea summit,” the report said. “Trade winds will drive embedded ash southwest. Pahala, Naalehu and Ocean View. Stay inside,” said a tweet from COH.
The clue comes after a 4.4 magnitude earthquake near Hilo late Sunday local time, according to the United States Geological Survey’s earthquake monitoring website.
USGS shows that at least seven other earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 2.7 have occurred in the past few hours.
Kilauea broke out in May 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and forcing residents to evacuate, CNN previously reported.