Monster awakening. The world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, begins to “grumble”

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Monster awakening. Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, begins to 'grumble'

The volcano first showed signs of awakening last year, but now they have become more noticeable.

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Mauna Loa is one of the five volcanoes that make up the Big Island of Hawaii. It is not only the largest of the group, but is also the largest active volcano in the world. And it seems that now he has begun to wake up, writes Forbes.

The Hawaiian Volcanic Observatory of the US Geological Survey (HVO) constantly monitors the activity of Mauna Loa – previously reports were issued weekly, but now scientists have switched to daily reports and a “yellow recommendation” – this means that at the moment the volcano is not erupting, but rather continues to “worry” “. The danger level will change to “red” if the eruption of Mauna Loa begins or is imminent.

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During observations of the largest volcano in the world, scientists found that he began to wake up last year – dozens of earthquakes with a small magnitude testify to this. However, in the last few weeks, they began to occur more and more often – if back in June there were only a few small earthquakes per day, today their number reaches fifty.

Note that the volcanic giant rises above sea level by almost 4 thousand meters, and given its array, which is hidden under the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the height of Mauna Loa is more than 16.5 thousand meters.

The last time the largest volcano in the world erupted in 1984. Then, scientists managed to warn the authorities and the population about the threat a few weeks before the eruption.

Researchers note that past eruptions of the giant led to the release of a large amount of lava moving at an incredible speed. Lava was rapidly approaching settlements in the east and west of the island.

Scientists believe that Hilo, where the campus of the University of Hawaii is located, and the resort center of Mauna Loa will be the most vulnerable in the event of an eruption of Mauna Loa – here the lava will reach threshold just a few hours after the start of the eruption.