Updated: Jan 4, 2019
On May 3rd of 2018 Big Island’s volcano created massive damage after a strong eruption, forming cracks of lava up to 25 miles of the volcano’s location. It has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983 and has caused considerable property damage, not only now but it also caused the destruction of the town of Kalapana in 1990. Kilauea is part of what is called “The Ring of Fire”, which is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic areas, and volcanic belts and plate movements. It has 452 volcanoes (more than 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.
What is most intriguing about how all volcanos in the Ring of Fire are connected is that on June 3rd of 2018, the “Fire Volcano” in Guatemala City also created a huge eruption much more dangerous than the ones from Kilauea. So far, at least 25 people have died from the eruption of the "Volcán de Fuego", although the figure seems to continue to rise. The photographs and videos, taken by those who are in the place, show people covered in ash and plumes of smoke coming down the sides of the volcano.
While Kilauea, a shield volcano, is characterized by large droplets of lava that move slowly out of the fissures; the "Volcán de Fuego", a stratovolcano, is prone to throw rivers of lava, ash and smoke, all in rapid movement.
What we gather from these eruptions is that Mother Earth is telling us how bad we have been treating her, and we must be mindful of everything we do. We want to emphasize that there is no imminent threat to visitors from Hawaii’s erupting volcano. Is happening mostly inside an area that is secluded, which if anything, it actually has turned into an impressive spectacle. Visit Hawaii!
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