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Scientists detect swarm of earthquakes in Hawaii volcano

Geologists said Tuesday that they have detected a swarm of earthquakes in Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, although it is not erupting.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory said the quakes began overnight and continued until morning.

As of 4:30 am, more than 140 earthquakes were recorded, the largest being of magnitude 3.3. Most of the magnitudes were less than 1.

At the same time as the swarm, scientists recorded changes in the volcano’s ground surface. The observatory said this could indicate that magma was moving under the south part of Kilauea’s caldera. there is no evidence of this lava on the surface.

The observatory changed its volcano alert level from advisory to view, meaning that Kilauea is showing increased or increased disturbance with a greater potential for eruption.

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having erupted 34 times since 1952.

In 2018, nearly 700 homes were destroyed when lava surged through a volcano in a residential neighborhood during the final year of an eruption that lasted more than three decades.

 

Kilauea is about 200 miles south of Honolulu on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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