PHOTOS: World's largest volcano erupts after 38 years in Hawaii

On Sunday, November 27, the world's largest volcano erupted for the first time since 1984. The eruption of Mauna Loa,

Published on Nov 30, 2022 08:32 PM IST 12 Photos

An aerial view of Mauna Loa's eruption captured during an overflight of the Northeast Rift Zone on November 28, 2022. The world's largest active volcano, located in Hawaii, burst into life for the first time in 40 years, spewing lava and hot ash in a spectacular display of nature's fury.(USGS/Civil Air Patrol/ REUTERS)

Spectators gathered to watch the lava flow down the mountain from the Mauna Loa eruption, near Hilo, Hawaii, on Tuesday, November 29. Pressure has been building at Mauna Loa for years, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which reported the eruption could be seen from 45 miles (72 kilometers) away.(Marco Garcia / AP)

The eruption began shortly before midnight on Sunday and was initially contained within the concave area at the top of the volcano.(USGS / REUTERS)


Vehicles could be seen driving down the Saddle Road as Mauna Loa erupted in the distance, leaving a breathtaking view of a rare historic event. "The eruption of Mauna Loa has migrated from the summit to the Northeast Rift Zone where fissures are feeding several lava flows," the USGS said adding that there was currently no threat to people living below the eruption zone, but warned that the volcano was volatile.(Marco Garcia / AP)

Recorded on July 15, 2022, satellite images of Hawaii's Mauna Loa showed rifts in the volcano. “Based on past events, the early stages of a Mauna Loa rift zone eruption can be very dynamic, and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly,” the USGS warned.(Maxar Technologies / REUTERS)