Officials in Hawaii say the world’s most active volcano is going back to work.

Mauna Loa is not only the world’s most active volcano but it is also the world’s largest active volcano, having erupted 33 times in the last 180 years. The recent increase began in june with an eruption that sent a plume of ash and volcanic gas that could leave a quarter inch of ash on parts of the Big Island where it resides.

The Mauna Loa Region of Hawaii has seen an increase in seismic activity recently but even so, lava flows have been contained near the summit but officials warn that could change.

The Hawaiian islands were created by volcanic activity and continue to increase in size as the volcanoes create new real estate, and even a whole new island.

-Tony Lee