According to reports, around 23:30 local time on November 27 (17:30 on the 28th Beijing time),The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, is erupting.
However, at noon on the 28th, the local government has not yet asked residents to evacuate, but they have opened shelters as a precautionary measure.
According to reports, the night sky in Hawaii on the 27th was filled with smoke and emitted a bright red light. The U.S. Geological Survey put the volcano’s alert level at “Warning,” meaning a “hazardous eruption is imminent, ongoing or suspected.”
Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Ross tweeted on the 28th that the Mauna Loa eruption does not appear to threaten the residential areas below. But as a precaution, the local government opened shelters for people in places like Old Kona Airport and Kavu Stadium.
Magno, director of the Hawaii Civil Defense Bureau, said that the Mauna Loa volcano accounts for 51% of the land area of the Island of Hawaii. After the eruption, most of the island may be affected by it. And if there is an eruption, it will only take a few hours for the lava to reach the residences closest to the crater.
According to previous reports, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which is part of the US Geological Survey, said Mauna Loa had been in a “very unstable” state since mid-September. In October, local officials issued a warning to residents.
The Mauna Loa volcano is approximately 4169 meters above sea level and is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world. Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since records began in 1843.The last time was in March 1984 and lasted for three weeks.