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Largest active volcano erupts in US for first time in nearly 40 years

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So far, the US government has not ordered any action to evacuate island residents.

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The larger Mauna Loa volcano active in the world located in hawaii, erupted this Sunday, the 27th, at around 11:45 pm local time (6:45 am in Brasilia time). This was the first time in nearly 40 years that the volcano had erupted. The information was shared by US authorities this Monday, 28. “At this time, the lava flows are contained in the crater area and do not threaten the communities on the slopes”, said the official. United States Geological Survey (USGS) on its website, which also contains guidelines for preparing for evacuation procedures. Although the eruption on the main island of this remote US state in the Pacific remains within the basin at the top of the volcano, called a volcanic caldera, “lava flows can move rapidly downhill,” the USGS warned. In the morning, the USGS said the lava “appears to have flowed out of the caldera”, but that eruptive sources are still inside the caldera only. So far, Hawaii officials have said no evacuation orders have been issued, but areas near the crater have been closed off. It is estimated that Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843. The most recent one occurred in 1984, lasting 22 days and producing lava flows that reached as far as seven kilometers from Hilo, the city where about 44,000 people now live. .

🇧🇷With information from AFP

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