- A Year of Earthquakes in 1 Month: Hawaii Stricken by 12,000 Tremblers Since Eruption
An astonishing 12,000 earthquakes have been recorded in Hawaii since the island nation’s Kilauea volcano erupted in early May.
Explosive activity at the shield volcano on the country’s Big Island has had a dramatic impact on the surrounding landscape. Fiery fountains on the volcano continue to spew matter up to 80 meters into the air. Meanwhile, huge fissures have opened up below Kilauea’s main vent, pushing rivers of lava towards homes and countryside.
Now the US Geological Survey (USGS) has revealed that Hawaii has also experienced around 12,000 earthquakes since the first eruption on May 4. According to the agency, seismic activity in the region has jumped from a historical monthly average of 1,000 earthquakes.