The Mauna Loa volcano erupted in a national park in Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported Monday.
According to the observatory, the eruption began in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park at 11:30 p.m. Sunday local time.
At this point, the lava is within the boundaries of the crater. There is no threat that it will erupt and endanger the lives of residents in the communities at the foot of the volcano, the USGS reported.
She estimated that significant ash emissions are expected to be released into the atmosphere.
Based on previous eruptions, the early stages of the Mauna Loa eruption could be very dynamic, the location and progression of lava flows could change very quickly, the service reported.