It’s true, there were over 250 small earthquakes recorded yesterday at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii. This data suggested that magma is on the move under the surface of Kilauea volcano, and prompted the rare closure of the park.
“It looks like the rift has expanded a bit, possibly to accommodate magma, and the earthquakes are accompanying that process,” said Jim Kauahikaua, scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Read more details about the Kilauea earthquakes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The scientists at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have very sensitive monitoring equipment, as the quakes must have been very tiny. We live about 30 minutes away from the park and did not feel a thing all day yesterday. The park was reopened today in most areas, and things seemed to have calmed down for now.
Please read our related post on Viewing Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Into the Ocean by Sea.
If you are coming to the Big Island anytime soon, make reservations for a helicopter tour to see Kilauea volcano from the air.