The United States Geological Survey said that a lava lake could be seen at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii. There was at least one earthquake felt, along with several smaller others, due to this event. It is the first time this year when the lava lake was visible, since May 2015. The biggest issue is there lava lakes can be responsible for earthquakes, which means that people are in danger.
There have already bee two of them, with magnitude 3.1, a few seconds apart. Scientists are expecting more to come until the danger will be gone. This not un unusual event for those who live in the area. Kilauea volcano is one of the most active in the world. There are thousands of people who come to see it every year. For them, it could be something they see only once in their life. However, we should not forget that the high lava level is able to increase the possibility of explosions.
The lava lake was measured at 43 feet below the floor, yester afternoon. During te night, the level decreased and now it is at 20 feet below. Tourists should not be surprised of future earthquakes and pay attention to what areas they visit during this period. The authorities are warning visitors to careful because there are more dangers, besides walking on uneven surfaces. If you go too close to the ocean, you could be exposed to the debris created by lava and water. The new land is not safe because the lava is not consolidated.
If you want to hike out, do it just during the daytime. There are still no safe routes and it is easier to get lost after dark. For those of you who suffer from heart or respiratory problems or are pregnant, the best advice is to avoid going to Kilauea volcano while the danger is still there. The air has poor quality and it can cause you more health issues.
The most important thing to know is that volcanoes are dynamic phenomena. Even though the level of lava is less dangerous now, this can change in every moment. Do not go there until the authorities say it is safe.
Do not forget to respect the Hawaiian Culture. Do not destroy or remove things from the natural park and do not cook food on lava. It could sound strange, but people have a lot of ideas and some of them can be more dangerous than they think.
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