Photo by C. Heliker (US Geological Survey)

Kilauea has been erupting since Jan. 3, 1983, making it the volcano with the longest consecutive eruption time in the world – 10,000 days.

The volcano, located on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, reached this milestone on Friday, May 21st, according to a report by AP.

Kilauea is one of the few active volcanoes that can be studied up close, though parts of volcano, which were once accessible, are now off limits to the public due to safety.

From an article in West Hawaii Today:

The closure is also in keeping with Hawaiian traditions, cultural anthropologist Keola Awong said. Hawaiians had many laws, including ones specific to Pele’s home, Halemaumau. Lava that steamed was land still forming and not to be touched, she said.

Another beneficiary of Kilauea’s off limits status are local wildlife.

Most of Kilauea’s eruption over the past 27 years has consisted of gas such as sulfur dioxide plus significant amounts of volcanic ash. How long Hawaii’s famous volcano will continue to erupt is ‘unpredictable’.