Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting late at night on the 27th, local time.
It is 38 years after the last eruption, the surrounding densely populated areas are not directly threatened, but the local government warned people to be prepared for emergencies.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the volcano began erupting at about 11:30 p.m. local time on the 27th (17:30 p.m. Beijing time on the 28th).
People can see it from about 72 kilometers away.
As of the following morning, “lava flows have not yet threatened communities below the mountain, and all indications are that the extent of this eruption will remain within the northeast fracture zone.”
However, winds may carry down the mountain material such as gases emitted from the volcano, ash, and fine volcanic glass formed by the rapid cooling of the lava in the air.
According to U.S. media reports, the eruption was preceded by frequent earthquakes at the top of the volcano in the weeks leading up to the eruption.
In just two single days in September, there were more than 100 earthquakes.
According to AFP, the volcano is 4,169 meters above sea level and has a volume of 75,000 cubic kilometers from the bottom to the top, making it the world’s largest active volcano.
The volcano is located on the largest island of the Hawaiian Islands, Big Eland, occupying half of the island.
According to data, the volcano has erupted 33 times since 1843.
The last eruption was in 1984, when it lasted 22 days.
Since then, the volcano has experienced the longest dormant period ever. (Xinhua News Agency)