Residents in Hawaii were asked to stay indoors after the Kilauea volcano erupted following a series of earthquakes.
The eruption on the Big Island took place late Sunday night local time at the Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii county Civil Defense Agency (COH) said.
The Kilauea Volcano observatory raised the alert level to warning, an advisory said.
A glow was detected within the crater of the volcano’s summit and “an eruption has commenced within Kilauea’s summit caldera,” the advisory said.
The advisory comes after a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck 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 from 2.5 to 2.7 magnitude have occurred over the previous few hours.
Kilauea last erupted in May 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and forcing residents to evacuate.
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