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World’s Largest Active Volcano ‘Mauna Loa’ in Hawaii Erupts for First Time in Nearly 40 Years

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Authorities in Hawaii announced on Monday that Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has begun erupting for the first time since 1984, sending volcanic ash and debris raining down in the nearby area.

An eruption began in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, known as Moku’weoweo, at roughly 11:30 p.m. HST, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. For the time being, the eruption is contained at the peak and poses no danger.

“The Observatory has increased the Volcano Alert Level from “advisory” to “warning,” with aviation alert upgraded to “red.” Some ash and volcanic glass fibers may become airborne and blow downwind,” the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (EMA) reported.

Honolulu’s National Weather Service has issued an Ashfall Advisory for all of Hawai‘i island until 6 a.m. HST Monday.

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“Up to a quarter-inch of ash is expected around and downwind of Mauna Loa. People with breathing difficulties should stay indoors, and cover nose/mouth with cloth or a mask.”

Read the statement below from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report:

The eruption continues at the summit of Mauna Loa. All vents remain restricted to the summit area. However, lava flows in the summit region are visible from Kona. There is currently no indication of any migration of the eruption into a rift zone.

The Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for Mauna Loa remains at WARNING/RED.

HVO is continuing to monitor conditions carefully and will issue additional notices as needed.

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Justin Malonson is an is an American internet entrepreneur, software developer, investor, author and technology executive. He is the founder of social-networking service Lyfeloop and CEO of international web-development agency Coastal Media Brand.

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