A few days after the Kilauea volcano erupted on the Big Island of Hawaii, the effects of the natural disaster formed a lava lake that can even be seen from space.
On Tuesday, December 22nd, scientists said the lava was rising more than 3 feet per hour due to the eruption after a two-year break.
Live view of Hawaii from the @Space_Station captured from a pass at 2:28PM HST today. @USGSVolcanoes is that smoke plume from #Kilauea2020 center frame at 41s mark?@HawaiiNewsNow@TheMauiNewsHI@Maui@MauiNOW pic.twitter.com/Ivl4nbZixj
— ISS Above (@ISSAboveYou) December 22, 2020
According to the US Geological Survey, a lava lake has formed, about 440 feet from the bottom of the crater, according to the Associated Press.
Also, volcanic plumes can be seen from space, as the US Geological Survey indicated that they can be seen from the International Space Station.
The USGS Volcano account tweeted: “It is a volcanic fog plume consisting of steam and other volcanic gases emitted from the volcano.”
Since its eruption on December 20, Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has discharged nearly two billion gallons of lava.
So far, Kilauea has not caused any property damage, unlike previous eruptions, including the one in 2018. In this eruption, enough lava was released to form a new island, as previously reported by Fox News.
That volcanic eruption destroyed more than 700 homes. The US Geological Survey said on its website that although Kilauea has erupted nearly 50 times over the past 100 years, this is negligible compared to its most active period when it witnessed 300 years of “explosive eruptions.”
Source: Fox News