Mauna Loa, the biggest active volcano in the world, has erupted in Hawaii, spewing ash and darkening the sky. This has reportedly occurred for the first time in forty years.
It is a terrible event, but the scorching ash and lava spewing formed a magnificent exhibition of nature's wrath. Videos showing the volcano's peak releasing clouds of smoke and rivers of molten rock have appeared online. If reports are to be believed, the eruption has prompted cautions since it is possible that things will change quickly.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), pressure had been building at Mauna Loa for years, and the eruption could be seen from 72 kilometres away. According to reports, the eruption started on Sunday just before midnight and was initially limited in the concave region near the volcano's summit.
The USGS also stated that there is now no concern to anyone living below the eruption zone as the Mauna Loa eruption has moved from the summit to the Northeast Rift Zone, where fissures are feeding numerous lava flows. However, the USGS issued a volatile volcanic alert.
According to prior occurrences, the agency also cautioned that the lava flow's advance and location could change suddenly during the early phases of a Mauna Loa rift zone eruption.
The scientists added that winds might carry volcanic gas and ash downslope in reference to this. Although numerous routes in the area and around the summit have reportedly been closed and two shelters opened as a precaution, it is said that Hawaii's authorities have not yet issued any evacuation orders.