Officials raised the alert level from “advisory to “warning” after Mauna Loa began erupting on Hawaii’s largest island.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the eruption started late Sunday night at the summit caldera volcano on Big Island.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, (HVO), “Lava flows in summit region are visible form Kona.” Winds could carry volcanic gas, fine ash, and Pele’s hair (a form of volcanic glass), downwind.
The agency is part of USGS and monitors natural disasters. It was alerted by a recent increase in earthquakes at Mauna Loa.
The report stated that lava flows are currently limited to the summit area, and don’t threaten any nearby communities.
Mauna Loa, which covers half of Big Island, is the largest active volcano.
Between eruptions, of which 33 have been reported, the intervals have varied from months to years. It last erupted on August 31, 1984.
HVO advised that “Based on past events the initial stages of a Mauna Loa volcano can be dynamic, and the location and advancement of lava flows may change quickly.”
They plan to fly over the site in order to assess the status of the volcano as well as potential hazards.
Online photos show a red glow from the summit’s summit.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the USA has also tweeted satellite images that show the heat of the eruption from space and the sulphur dioxide it has been emitting.
Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that make up Big Island (the southernmost Hawaiian archipelago island), is also known as Mauna Loa.
It is located at 13,679ft (4.169m) above the sea level. This volcano is larger than the neighboring Kilauea volcano. Kilauea erupted in 2018, destroying 700 homes.
In less than three hours, Mauna Loa’s volcanic lava traveled 15 miles (24 km) to the ocean during a 1950 eruption.