After 40 years of dormancy, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano erupted again just before midnight local time on Sunday. This is according to the American Institute for Seismological Measurement (USGS).
Currently, the eruption is confined to the crater Moku‘āweoweo, which lies at the top of the mountain. There is, therefore, no danger to residents.
Mauna Loa is the highest active volcano in the world. In the past, eruptions from the volcano have shown that they can become very violent. The government is, therefore, on its guard and closely monitoring the situation. Wind gusts can carry gas and volcanic ash into inhabited zones.
On Twitter, the USGS released a photo taken by a webcam on the top of the volcano. You can see how lava spreads over the crater mouth. Authorities say several minor earthquakes accompanied the eruption.
Mauna Loa is located on the largest American island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. The summit is about 4,100 meters above sea level. At its last eruption in 1984, a lava flow of about 25 kilometres reached the village of Hilo.