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Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's biggest active volcano, erupts after 38 years 

November 29, 2022

By priyanka

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What happens if Mauna Loa erupts? 

Mauna Loa lava flow can change rapidly It can produce "fast-moving and long-travelled lava flows" which require a "quick response," the U.S. Geological Survey said. There is also a risk that winds may carry volcanic gas and fine ash downwind to the nearby communities 

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Is Mauna Loa volcano still active? 

Mauna Loa, one of the Earth's most active volcanoes, has erupted 33 times since 1843, according to the USGS. 

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Is Mauna Loa the largest volcano in the world? 

Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, has erupted for the first time in nearly four decades, and civil defense officials Monday warned residents on Hawaii's Big Island to stay alert even though there doesn't appear to be any immediate danger. 

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Where is the Mauna Loa volcano located? 

At 11:30 p.m. local time, an eruption began at Mauna Loa's summit, inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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Why is Mauna Loa so special? 

Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on the planet. Meaning "long mountain" in Hawaiian, it is the quintessential shield volcano in its shape— signified by broad, rounded slopes. The volcano makes up roughly 51% of Hawaiʻi Island and stands 13,681 feet (4,170 m) above sea level. 

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What's the world's largest active volcano? 

The world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa on Hawaii, is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. Though lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, the eruption in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not threatening communities, the US Geological Survey said midday Monday. 

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Is Mauna Loa a threat? 

Activity Summary: Mauna Loa is not erupting and there are no signs of an imminent eruption at this time.