Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts for First Time in Nearly a Year.

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lava and clouding the skies with volcanic smog, Thursday, September 30, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The latest eruption of Hawaii's youngest and most active volcano began Wednesday afternoon.

While the lava presented no immediate threat to populated areas, residents who live downwind of Kilauea were warned of possible exposure to sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases that can irritate the respiratory system.

The eruption was taking place within the confines of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, which remained open to visitors who wished to observe the lava's glow and the pluming smoke from a safe distance.

(Reuters)

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