Spectators gather to catch a glimpse of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, which erupted this week for the first time since 1984.
After Hawaii’s emergency management agency said there was no indication that the lava was threatening populated areas, dozens of people, including families with children, started coming closer to the summit every day.
After arriving, they take their chairs and bags out of their cars and sit and watch the wonders of nature for a few hours. Local artists began to paint pictures of the volcanic eruption.
Authorities said the lava flow from Mauna Loa had begun to subside and spread and was more than three miles from a nearby road.
The US Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory said in its latest bulletin on Mauna Loa volcano that the main lava flow is moving at 40 meters per hour.
He added that he is still monitoring seismic activity in the region, which means lava is still flowing through the fissures and “the activity is likely to continue until we see that signal.”
Mauna Loa is 4,169 meters above the Pacific Ocean and is part of the chain of volcanoes that formed the Hawaiian Islands. Its last eruption occurred in March and April 1984, when it sent lava flows eight kilometers from the island’s largest city.
Hawaii’s emergency management agency said it had opened two shelters on the island but had not ordered evacuations.
He added that about half of Mauna Loa’s recorded eruptions do not go beyond the summit.
Source: Al Ittihad
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