Thar she blows!

Lava begins to flow out of Mauna Loa as it erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island for first time in 38 years: Experts warn of ‘serious’ situation if magma from world’s largest active volcano seeps into rift zones

  • Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, erupted Monday morning on Hawaii’s Big Island 
  • United States Geological Survey says there is no risk of magma fall but an ash fall advisory is in place
  • Residents on the Big Island were woken by earthquakes and an amber sky as a result of the eruption 
  • Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984; today brings an end to its longest ever quiet period 
  • Some are cautiously watching for lava flows and have been told to be ready to evacuate if necessary 
  • The last eruption lasted more than two weeks – but did not flow into any of the island’s communities  

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