Mauna Loa in Hawaii, the world’s largest active the volcano began erupting Sunday evening, the USGS said, raising the alert level. for volcano from “advisory” to “warning.”
“Currently, lava flows are within the summit area and do not threaten settlements located below the slope, ”the US Geological Survey said in a statement. in its warning issued in compound with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. However, it was noted that “based on on past eventsearly stages of Mauna Loa eruption can be very dynamic and location and go of lava flows can change rapidly.”
If the eruption spreads outside walls of Mauna Loa’s summit caldera, or crater, “lava flows can move going down quickly.”
For this reason, the agency warned all residents on island of hawaii who are situated in risk lava flowing from Mauna Loareview readiness and contact the Department of Civil Defense of the County of Hawaii. information for further guidance. “
Mauna Loa eruption 33 times since 1843, according to the US Geological Survey. it last erupted in 1984 when lava spilled down its slopes and came within 4.5 miles of the island’s largest city, Hilo.
The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reported that in close consultation with emergency management partners and will be closely monitoring the volcano to provide further updates on Events.”
The observatory planned to carry out span of volcano like soon as possible”for determining nature of eruption and “assess the danger”.
The Hawaiian name Mauna Loa means “long mountain,” which is fitting since the huge mountain extends about 74 miles from its edge along the south coast of the island of Hawaii, to the edge of the caldera where the eruption began on Sunday evening.