Hawaii is experiencing a rare double volcano eruption, as Mauna Loa and Kīlauea spewed lava onto the archipelago’s Big Island on Tuesday.
Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting Sunday for the first time in nearly four decades, and nearby Kilauea has been erupting for a year.
Both are in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and their respective lava was flowing over Mauna Lao at the same time Tuesday.
The rare site is expected to “attract an influx of visitors…who hope to see a rare dual eruption of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes,” the national park said in a Facebook post.
Neither eruption poses a threat to homes, but the volcanoes could significantly affect air quality, the park said.
The two volcanoes are 21 miles apart. They erupted before at the same time in 1984 – when Mauna Loa last erupted.
Lava shot 200 feet into the air from Mauna Loa on Monday, and one of the three lava-emitting fissures was still spouting Tuesday, officials said.
Kīlauea has been erupting since last September, but has posed no risk to the public. The lava is contained within its crater, the US Geological Survey said.
“While an eruption is an exciting experience, keep in mind that you are observing a sacred event,” the National Park Service said in a statement. “Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are wahi kapu (sacred landscapes) surrounded by historic sites. Your visit can be made more meaningful by learning about the deep connections between Native Hawaiian culture and this landscape.”
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