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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa erupts after nearly 40 years

The world’s largest active volcano, the Mauna Loa in Hawaii, has erupted for the first time in about 40 years.

TAS News Service

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

HAWAII- Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, started erupting for the first time in nearly four decades. It last erupted in 1984, when lava spilled down its slopes and came within 4.5 miles of Hilo. This time, the active volcano started erupting on Sunday night and had lava flowing from its summit by Monday morning.

According to a statement by the US Geological Survey, the lava flow is not threatening the downslope communities as of now, and all factors indicate that the eruption will be contained in the Northeast Rift Zone. According to Hawaii Volcano Observatory Scientist in Charge Ken Hon, it has never been the case for Mauna Loa to erupt in a way that activates both rift zones at the same time.