Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted in Hawaii. The volcano spewed lava Wednesday and footage showed cracks in a crater of the volcano. Volcanologists described the eruption as “dynamic”.

Scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the volcano’s renewed activity was recorded Wednesday morning. This takes place within the borders of the national park, far away from inhabited areas.

“High levels of volcanic gases are a major concern because they can have far-reaching effects on wind generation,” the USGS said. When sulfur dioxide is released at the summit, it reacts in the atmosphere, creating a visible mist called volcanic smog that can spread across Kilauea. According to the US authorities, this so-called volcanic smog can cause respiratory problems in humans and animals and also affect plants.

The volcanic eruption can also create a phenomenon called “Peles Hair” – very fine, hard lava fibers that can irritate the skin and eyes. Pele is the name of the Hawaiian goddess of fire.

Late last year, Kilauea’s neighboring volcano, Mauna Loa, erupted for the first time in four decades and presented a spectacular spectacle. Rivers of molten rock hurled 60-meter-tall lava fountains down the slopes.

Much smaller than Mauna Loa, Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a popular tourist destination on the Big Island. It erupted almost regularly between 1983 and 2019.

See the photo series from our archive: Hundreds of houses and more than 160 hectares of land were destroyed: lava ate through the southwest of the Canary Island of La Palma – and nothing could resist it.