World’s Largest Volcano Erupts

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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt. U.S. Geological Survey says the eruption began late Sunday. Scientists had been on alert because of a recent spike in earthquakes. The volcano, last erupted in 1984.

HILO NOVEMBER 29: Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the eruption began late Sunday night in the summit caldera of the volcano on the Big Island. Early Monday, it said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities.

The agency warned residents at risk from Mauna Loa lava flows should review their eruption preparations. Scientists had been on alert because of a recent spike in earthquakes at the summit of the volcano, which last erupted in 1984.

Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. The volcano has historically been considered the largest volcano on Earth. The Volcano has probably been erupting for at least 700,000 years, and may have emerged above sea level about 400,000 years ago.

Because of the potential hazards it poses to population centers, Mauna Loa is part of the Decade Volcanoes program, which encourages studies of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. The Volcano has been monitored intensively by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory since 1912.

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