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A volcano in Kilauea erupts after an earthquake in one of the smallest islands of Hawaii

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 10:08:39-05

Hawaii, HI. - Officials in Hawaii are asking residents to stay inside, after the Kilauea volcano erupted following a series of earthquakes Sunday night.

According to the U.S Geological Survey, the eruption occurred after a 4.4 magnitude earthquake about 9:30 p.m. local time.

Lava is erupting from a fissure in the northwest wall of the 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).

The Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said winds will carry any embedded ash toward the southwest, with fallout expected in certain communities.

Kilauea last erupted in may 2018, with a lava flow that destroyed more than 700 homes and forcing residents to evacuate.