Kilauea Volcano In Hawaii Sprouts Two 'Vigorous' Lava Flows

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has announced that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has a pair of new lava flows, and though neither lava flow is putting the nearby residential regions at risk, they have been described as "vigorous." This is the same volcano into which NASA sent a robotic vehicle last year, and that caused evacuations two years ago.

According to the USGS, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spotted two new lava breakouts on May 24 before 7AM local time. The largest of the two is coming from the cone's northeast flank, and is said to be feeding a 'channelized flow' running a little over half a mile northwest.

The organization took the video above, saying that at this point, there's no 'immediate hazard' to the communities situated nearby. The region from which the lava is flowing had first erupted back in the early 80s; it stirred up trouble in 2014 when a new vent cropped up, leading to minor destruction and a village evacuation.

Residents of the nearby communities may be able to see a glow from the lava at night, according to the USGS, but shouldn't worry at this point. How long it may take the lava flows to stop isn't clear, but the previous ones from mid-2014 lasted nearly a year before ceasing.