Hawaii's largest active volcano erupts

The world's largest active volcano erupted in Hawaii

According to the US Geological Survey, The volcano, located on the territory of the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park on Big Island, came to life at 23:30 local time. Eruption — the first in almost 40 years — currently localized in the summit area and does not threaten nearby settlements.

“Currently, lava flows are localized in the summit area and do not threaten communities located below the slope,” — The USGS reported on Monday morning, while warning: “Wind can carry volcanic gas and fine ash for considerable distances. Based on past experience, the early stages of a Mauna Loa eruption can be very dynamic, and the location and progression of lava flows can change rapidly.”

Residents in the area are advised to “check readiness and contact Hawaii County Civil Defense for for further instructions».

The Honolulu National Weather Service has issued an ash warning warning that volcanic ash can cause breathing problems for people, damage engines and electronics.

Southwest Airlines canceled flights bound for Hawaii on November 28 and 29. The airline is allowing passengers planning to travel to Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, or Lihue to change their destination at no additional charge due to the potential for more volcanic eruptions.

Last month, the National Park Service closed the top of the volcano to visitors due to increased seismic activity on Mauna Loa and as a precaution.

Since 1843, Mauna Loa has erupted a total of 33 times, averaging one eruption every five years. The volcano's last eruption occurred in 1984, marking the longest lull since the first written records appeared. 

The eruption followed more than a dozen earthquakes of over 2.5 magnitude, Reuters reported. points, including one with a magnitude of 4.2 points.

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