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Kilauea volcano. Hawaiian Islands, United States

Kilauea Volcano. Hawaiian Islands, United States

Kīlauea is an active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, one of five shield volcanoes that together form the Island of Hawaiʻi. In Hawaiian, the word kīlauea means "spewing" or "much spreading", in reference to the mountain's frequent outpouring of lava. Lava has been continuously emitting at Puʻu ʻŌʻō since 3 January 1983 (over 27 years or 10000 days). In 1998 Kīlauea was said to be the most active volcano on the Earth, an invaluable resource for volcanologists, and was said to be the planet's most visited active volcano. The volume of erupted material could pave a road across the world 3 times. Lava less than 1000 years old covers 90% of Kīlauea.
Kīlauea is the most recent of a series of volcanoes that have created the Hawaiʻian Archipelago, as the Pacific Plate has moved and is moving over the Hawaiʻi hotspot (Lōʻihi Seamount).An eruption that started in 1983 is ongoing. These eruptions occur in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent. Thirty-three eruptions have taken place since 1952 not including the current episode.

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