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In Pics | Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest volcano, erupts

Waves of orange, glowing lava and smoky ash erupted from the Mauna Loa volcano and people living on Big Island have to be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario

November 29, 2022 / 02:25 PM IST
The world's largest active volcano burst into life on November 28, spewing lava and hot ash in a spectacular display of nature's fury by Mauna Loa in Hawaii. (Source: AP)
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The world's largest active volcano burst into life on November 28, spewing lava and hot ash in a spectacular display of nature's fury by Mauna Loa in Hawaii. (Source: AP)
Waves of orange, glowing lava and smoky ash erupted from the Mauna Loa volcano and people living on Hawaii's Big Island to be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario. (Source: AP)
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Waves of orange, glowing lava and smoky ash erupted from the Mauna Loa volcano and people living on Hawaii's Big Island are to be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario. (Source: AP)
The eruption of Mauna Loa wasn't immediately endangering towns, but officials told residents to be ready to evacuate if lava flows started heading toward populated areas. Many now living in the area weren't around when Mauna Loa last erupted 38 years ago. (Source: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory via AP)
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The eruption of Mauna Loa wasn't immediately endangering towns but officials told residents to be ready to evacuate if lava flows started heading toward populated areas. Many now living in the area weren't around when Mauna Loa last erupted 38 years ago. (Source: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory via AP)
The U.S. Geological Survey warned the roughly 200,000 people on the Big Island that an eruption "can be very dynamic, and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly." There's been a surge of development on the Big Island in recent decades - its population has more than doubled, from 92,000 in 1980. (Source: AP)
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The US Geological Survey warned the roughly 200,000 people on the Big Island that an eruption "can be very dynamic, and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly". There's been a surge of development on the Big Island in recent decades—its population has more than doubled, from 92,000 in 1980. (Source: AP)
More than a third of the island's residents live either in the city of Kailua-Kona to the west of the volcano, which has about 23,000 people, and Hilo to the east, with about 45,000. (Source: AP)
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More than a third of the island's residents live either in the city of Kailua-Kona to the west of the volcano, which has about 23,000 people, and Hilo to the east, with about 45,000. (Source: AP)
A roughly 25,000-mile chain of volcanoes and seismically active sites outline the Pacific Ocean. (Source: News18 Creative)
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A roughly 25,000-mile chain of volcanoes and seismically active sites outline the Pacific Ocean. (Source: News18 Creative)
A total of 1,450 volcanoes are potentially active worldwide. (Source: News18 Creative)
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A total of 1,450 volcanoes are potentially active worldwide. (Source: News18 Creative)