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Hawaii earthquake: Is it safe to travel to Hawaii? Volcano near site could ERUPT again


What has happened with the Hawaii earthquake? A magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island on Tuesday. The quake struck at 10.26am, 15.5 miles (25km) west-northwest of the active volcano Kilauea which has erupted nearly continuously for 35 years. The tremor had a depth of just over one mile (1.8km).

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Could the Kilauea volcano erupt again and cause more havoc?

The Kilauea volcano remains under observation, and is currently put under the colour code yellow on the map.

Yellow means the volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background levels.

The activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.

Any increase could mean a subsequent threat, particularly with further natural disasters close by such as the Hilo earthquake.

It last erupted in 2018.

What advice has the UK Government issued about travel to Hawaii?

Around 3.8 million Britons visit the United States every year.

Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

You can check forecasts and weather warnings on the website of the US National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, following an eruption of the Kilauea volcano in 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige and the State Department of Health director Dr. Virginia Pressler, issued some advice to tourists.

They said: “This team of experts says the air quality in the Hawaiian Islands is safe for residents and visitors, except in the affected areas.

“The bottom line is that there is no reason for travellers to avoid making their vacation plans in the Hawaiian Islands due to safety concerns because of Kilauea volcano.”

How do UK travellers get to Hawaii?

The flight time to Hawaii is at least 16.5 hours, as there is usually at least one flight stop required.

This represents travelling for 11 hours to Los Angeles, plus a further 5.5 hours connecting flight to Hawaii.

Currently, travellers cannot fly direct to Hawaii from the UK.

Yet Hawaiian Airlines recently revealed it could launch its first European destination with non-stop flights to London from 2021.

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