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Community Advocacy Organization

Hawaii Braces for a Volcano to Possibly Blow its Top

On the big Island of Hawaii, state civil defense officials will be working feverishly today “to educate residents on how to prepare for a possible emergency.”

There are indications that Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, may be about to erupt for the first time in nearly 4 decades (since 1984).

Although scientists say that isn't imminent, they’ve seen a spike in small earthquakes at the summit of the volcano something that often happens prior to a full-blown eruption.

Officials say there’s no need for residents to panic, but there is the “potential for some kind of lava disaster” says the head of civil defense for the big island of Hawaii.

The Mauna Loa volcano makes up more than half of the island’s landmass.

Photo courtesy NBC News

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