The world's largest volcano smolderingly to revive after 35 years

As the largest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, USA, is smoldering in preparation for its terrible return.

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Mauna Loa volcano
Located south of Hawaii, USA, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the world. With 15 km2, the mountain occupies about half the area of the island. Currently, scientists are focusing on researching and monitoring this volcano because small earthquakes continuously occurring in the area show the risk of erupting again. Photo: Daily Express.
Mauna Loa volcano
"Mauna Loa" in Hawaiian means "long mountain". The Mauna Loa volcano has a shield shape with a height of 4,169 m above sea level and a volume of approximately 75,000 km3. The undersea part of the mountain stretches for about 5 km. Photo: Dlmag.
Mauna Loa volcano
Since the first eruption was recorded in 1843, the mountain has raged 33 times. Each eruption spans a few months to decades and takes place from a few minutes to several months. The last eruption occurred 35 years ago (1984). Photo: Reddit.
Mauna Loa volcano
The eruptions of the Mauna Loa volcano often create fast-moving lava flows, directly impacting the eastern and western populations of Hawaii. In the middle of the 19th century, the city of Hilo was threatened by 7 flows of lava from different directions. Photo: Pinterest.
Mauna Loa volcano
The largest eruption was recorded in June 1950. Accordingly, 376 m3 of lava erupted from a 20 km long crevice on the southwest ridge, continuously for 23 days. The lava flows quickly into the sea in less than 4 hours. While not causing any loss of life, the small village at the foot of the mountain was completely destroyed. Photo: North Shore Shark Adventures.
Mauna Loa volcano
In 1935, 1942, the US military dropped hundreds of kilograms of bombs in order to divert the flow that was threatening the city of Hilo, preventing lava from moving into densely populated areas. The plan was successful, but the results were not lasting, and many scientists opposed it because of the use of geological weapons. Photo: Big Island Video News.
Mauna Loa volcano
Despite having been sleeping for 35 years, the monitoring data indicates that Mauna Loa volcano is about to wake up. Seismic activity increases in the area and lasts for months and years but does not lead to eruptions. This is a clear sign for a return. However, the amount of information is not enough for scientists to accurately determine the time of the upcoming volcanic eruption. Photo: Arcgis.

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