Scientists said on Tuesday that the world's largest active volcano, which began erupting recently for the first time in nearly four decades to the delight of residents and tourists alike, has stopped doing so.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the volcanos on the Big Island stopped erupting on Saturday.
The timing was not certain. Both volcanoes have the same magma source.
The volcanoes are not directly connected, but may experience stress effects. It is possible that Kilauea could have been let to relax. The eruption of Kilauea was at very low rates.
The surrounding communities were not in danger from the lava flow. It became an attraction for both locals and tourists.
Raymond Naeyaert said in an interview on Tuesday that the eruption was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The day after it started, he and his wife drove 60 miles to see it.
He said it was one of the most amazing things he had ever seen. I was just kind of awe-struck when I saw it with my wife.
People had different luck. The man who has lived on the island of Maui for 30 years traveled to the Big Island to see the volcanic action. He and his wife were going to go on a helicopter tour to see the top of the volcano, but they canceled when they heard that the eruption had stopped.
He said on Tuesday that they would travel as soon as they learned about an eruption.
He told them to respect nature. Sometimes it shows itself to you and other times it doesn't. It's a blessing if it does.
Many Native Hawaiians, who make up about 13 percent of the Big Island's residents, felt the effects of the eruption.
The volcano's eruptions aren't expected to resume soon, scientists said
Scientists said that the volcano could possibly erupt again. The area is closed to the public because of crater wall instability, rockfalls and the risk of earthquakes.
The most destructive eruption of its recorded history took place when Kilauea erupted almost continuously from 1983 to 2019. According to the Geological Survey, the eruption started in September of 2011.
Scientists say that most of the eruptions happened before 1950. The quietest period on record was 38 years between the last eruption and this one.