Kilauea Volcano : Erupted Recently
The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted recently, according to an advisory from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
- Kilauea Volcano is the youngest and most active Hawaiian shield volcano, located on the southern part of the Island of Hawaii, known as Big Island.
- It is near-constantly erupting from vents either on its summit (caldera) or on the rift zones.
- Kilauea has a large summit caldera with a central crater, Halemaumau, which is according to Hawaiian legends the home of the fire goddess Pele.
- Shield volcanoes are a type of volcano that tend to erupt basalt lava, a type of lava that is very fluid when erupted.
- Although shield volcanoes are the largest volcanoes on Earth, they do not form soaring mountains with conical peaks like composite volcanoes.