Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano erupts for first time in 40 Years

The eruption began around 11.30 p.m. local time at Mauna Loa's summit caldera Mokuavaevo

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Winds can carry volcanic gas and fine ash downwind

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The last eruption of Mauna Loa was in 1984

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Lava also started flowing from the north-east side of the volcano

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Mauna Loa, whose peak reaches13,679 fit, is one of the five volcanic peaks

Mauna Loa, whose peak reaches13,679 fit, is one of the five volcanic peaks

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Its slopes are very steep, so there is a risk that the lava will flow very quickly

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In 1950, he covered a distance of 24 KM in three hours

In 1950, he covered a distance of 24 KM in three hours

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