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PHOTOS: World's Largest Volcano Erupts in USA

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As the world continues to make ever more sardonic jokes about the end of the planet and the bleak state of affairs that we continue to find ourselves in during this first quarter of the 21st century, we are now witnessing yet another apocalyptic twist to the tale.

The world’s largest active volcano is now erupting.

The world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday.

The eruption began at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Moku‘āweoweo, the summit caldera of the Mauna Loa volcano, inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

As of 2:43 a.m. local time, “the eruption continues at the summit of Mauna Loa,” according to the latest Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). “All vents remain restricted to the summit area,” the report said. “However, lava flows in the summit region are visible from Kona. There is currently no indication of any migration of the eruption into a rift zone.”

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Local officials were busy keeping residents safe.

“The Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for Mauna Loa remains at WARNING/RED,” the update added. “HVO is continuing to monitor conditions carefully and will issue additional notices as needed.”

The USGS warned that residents at risk from Mauna Loa lava flows should review their eruption preparations. Scientists had been on alert because of a recent spike in earthquakes at the summit of the volcano, which last erupted in 1984.

Portions of the Big Island were under an ashfall advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, which said up to a quarter-inch of ash could accumulate in some areas.

Images of the eruption were soon flooding social media.

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The eruption is ongoing at the time of this writing.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.