Mauna Loa is the world’s biggest active volcano and it is tipped to “erupt again” after spewing lava and ash into the sky for 12 days in November.
It covers half of Hawaii’s Big Island and makes up part of a chain of five volcanoes in the US state.
Its eruption last year was the first time it had erupted since 1984.
But rather than sending the volcano into extinction, like what happened after Mount St. Helens exploded, Mauna Loa stayed active.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed on a frequently asked questions page on its website: “Yes, Mauna Loa is active and it will erupt again.”
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The volcano has erupted over 34 times since its first well-documented eruption with intervals ranging between months and decades.
The 13,000-foot-high volcano eruption in November did not threaten communities this time as the lava flow pointed in another direction.
But there were concerns that Mauna Loa would trigger one of the island’s other volcanoes.
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Mauna Loa’s neighbouring volcanos are between 20 and 55 miles away from the supervolcano.
Mauna Loa isn’t a civilisation-destroying beast like the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park, also in the US.
Unlike Yellowstone, the Hawaii volcano’s eruptions aren’t explosive and wouldn’t send ash thousands of miles into the air.
Rajeev Nair, a University of Calgary earth science professor, told Newsweek: “Generally there is no concern of the mountain top blowing off and affecting communities or burial of communities with thick piles of ash like the AD78 Mt. Vesuvius eruption.”
Although the volcano will erupt again, it’s not clear that it will be in the near future.
Prior to its eruption in November, Mauna Loa had experienced weeks of earthquakes. But in July, the USGS has not experienced any significant increase in quakes.
The number of detected earthquakes remained at background levels and most events were smaller than [magnitude] 2.0,” writes USGS in its update yesterday.
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