After 38 years, it’s awake.
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Shortly before midnight on November 27, the largest volcano on Earth woke from almost four decades of slumber.
Its last eruption happened in 1984. Since then, the volcano has been relatively quiet, until this week.
Natalie Deligne, USGS
Here are 8 images of the eruption so far:
8. On November 28, the volcano’s heat signature was visibly glowing over Hawaii, as seen by NOAA’s GOES-West satellite.
6. You can see the fumes a bit clearer here in this thermal image (in green).
5. This was the view from a monitoring camera above the northwest rim of the caldera. The region clouds in the hours leading up to the eruption, and lava glows shortly after.
3. Another wide landscape view on November 27, from atop a tower at the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
1. As of 7:15 a.m., Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, this was the view above the northeast rift of the caldera, where the eruption is active.