World’s largest active volcano erupts in Hawaii

The largest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, located in Hawaii erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years, throwing ash around Monday morning without so far threatening homes.

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The eruption began Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. Monday GMT), the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) announced in a warning message. “Currently, the lava flows are contained at the top and do not threaten populations downstream,” he first clarified.


On Monday morning, in response to a photo posted on Twitter that appeared to show lava, the USGS said it “appears that lava may be escaping from the caldera.”

“There is no indication of any progression of the eruption into a rift zone,” which allows magma to travel more easily underground, the institute added Monday.

“The first phases of a Mauna Loa eruption can evolve quickly and the location and progress of lava flows can change quickly,” warned the Institute in its first note on Sunday.

The winds could carry “volcanic gas and Pele’s hair,” volcanic glass fibers, the USGS said.

The US Weather Service (NWS) has warned that volcanic ash could accumulate around the volcano.

Mauna Loa, which rises to 4169 meters, is located on the island of Hawaii, the largest of this Pacific archipelago.

The volcano has erupted 33 times since 1843. Its last was in 1984, and lasted 22 days.

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