World’s Largest Active Volcano Erupts In Hawaii

Ash, debris fall nearby
KONA COAST, HI - DECEMBER 16:  A nearly deserted beach at the edge on an old Mauna Loa lava flow is viewed on December 16, 2016, in this aerial photo taken along the Kona Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Hawaii, the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands at 4,000 square miles, features active volcanoes, large cattle ranches, unusual flora and fauna, waterfalls, rainforests, and occasionally, snowcapped mountains. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, began to erupt for the first time in nearly forty years.
  • As of Monday, the lava flows have not threatened nearby communities and are contained within the summit area.
  • A spokesperson for the U.S. Geological Survey said the duration of the eruption and whether lava could flow to populated areas is impossible to predict.
  • The mountain’s lava traveled 15 miles to the ocean in under three hours when it erupted in 1950.

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