A helicopter recorded spectacular close-up footage of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano eruption. The world's largest active volcano erupted on Sunday after 38 years of inactivity.
The social media handle @Paradisecopters, an air route company in Hawaii, captured these images which they shared with all their followers.
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- Paradise Helicopters (@Paradisecopters) November 29, 2022
It is the first time the volcano has erupted since 1984, marking the end of the longest period of calm in the history of Mauna Loa (long mountain, in Hawaiian). Its eruption joins that of its neighboring volcano, Kilauea, which has been active for more than a year (although its lava is confined to a crater).
Kīlauea and Mauna Loa erupt together. Photo from Kūpinaʻi Pali at 6:06 a.m. Monday in the park.
The park is open, but some closures are in place: https://t.co/uGEAjyqjH3
NPS Photo/J.Ibasan pic.twitter.com/fZ6bShiiZt
- Hawaii Volcanoes NPS (@Volcanoes_NPS) November 28, 2022
Lava is currently flowing down the side of the volcano at a temperature of 1,832ºF (1,000 °C), but experts say that it does not pose much of a threat to local residents.
In any case, Hawaiian authorities warned that the wind could spread volcanic gas and ash and asked residents with any breathing difficulties to take precautions to minimize exposure.