Looks like everything that can happen, will happen this year as it reaches it’s final days.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) posted an update on its website calling the situation “rapidly evolving” and said communities around Kilauea’s summit and rift zones to “be prepared.” 

Pictures and videos of the eruption have been uploaded to social media, showing “the western rim of Kīlauea Caldera. Lava is erupting from a fissure in the NW wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater and cascading into the deepest part of the crater, which had been occupied by a water lake (now replaced with a growing lava lake),” tweeted USGS Volcanoes

According to KITV4 Island News, an earthquake was reported at the start of the eruption. Here are the first images of the eruption, courtesy of EpicLava.

“We have an amazing eruption going on right now,” said one person near the volcano.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu warned residents in surrounding communities about excessive exposure to ash could result in eye and respiratory issues.

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