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Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii's Big Island

Volcano Eruption Hawaii
Posted at 7:34 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 07:34:16-05

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has erupted.

The eruption began late Sunday within the within Halema'uma'u crater.

The volcano is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting.

The USGS says it received more than 500 reports of people who felt the earthquake but significant damage to buildings or structures is not expected.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory to warn of fallen ash from the volcano.

The agency later said the eruption appeared to be easing and only a "steam cloud" was lingering in the area.