Spectacular Explosion: Hawaii’s Largest Mauna Loa Volcano Erupts Like a Bomb
On the Big Island of Hawaii, eruptions are inevitable. It has four active volcanoes Hualalai, Maunakea, Mauna Loa and the highly active Kilauea cycling through periods of sleep and unrest. Most are slumbering some for decades, others for hundreds or thousands of years but magma still flows through their underground chambers. These movements can trigger thousands of small earthquakes per year, telling scientists that the volcanoes are indeed still alive.
For a long time, from 1984 to 2018, the volcanic eruptions on the Big Island have been contained to the eastern corner of the island at Kilauea volcano, leaving the rest of the island unaffected by its flows. Locals and tourists grew accustomed to safely watching Kilauea’s lava flow emanating from the east rift zone at Puu Oo crater and visiting the summit of Kilauea to see the red glow from Halemaumau crater’s lava lake.
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