Mauna Loa and Kilauea are “no longer erupting,” Hawaiian officials say

Mauna Loa and Kilauea are “no longer erupting,” Hawaiian officials say



By Simrin Singh

CBS News

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano quieting down

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano quieting down, scientists say: CBS News Flash Dec. 12, 2022


Two active volcanoes on Hawaii’s Big Island — Mauna Loa & Kilauea Scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), announced Tuesday that they are “no more erupting”.

Alert levels for both Mauna Loa And Kilauea According to HVO, which is part the U.S. Geological Survey, they have been reduced to “watch” and “advisory”.

HVO stated that it continues to monitor both volcanoes for signs of renewed activity.

Mauna Loa started erupting on Nov. 27, its first eruption since 1984. This is also the first time that Mauna Loa has had two eruptions since 1984. Officials stated that Mauna Loa’s most recent eruption did not pose a threat to residents or people, though the lava did get into homes.Close To a major highway.

Mauna Loa Volcano
On December 12, 2022, the Mauna Loa Volcano can be seen from the air, near Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

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The vent is not threatening the Daniel K. Inouye Highway anymore, but Mauna Loa still has a hazardous vent, according to the HVO.

HVO stated that the vent located on the west side the fissure cone 3 cone is still incandescent. It occasionally produces small explosions when trapped gasses are released. “The lava flows around this vent are hot and unstable. Many ground cracks also cut into the vent area.

Kilauea’s most recent eruption took place in September 2021. It produced a spectacular display with lava extending to 100 feet FountainsHowever, it did not cause property damage. This contrasts with the 2018 eruption that destroyed hundreds of homes and caused extensive damage. Damage Infrastructure at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

According to the HVO, lingering volcanic gases are still a danger at Kilauea in addition to ground instability.

The HVO statement stated that “levels of volcanic gas (sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide) could remain locally hazardous even if Kilauea has stopped erupting.” “Significant hazards remain around Halemaumau due to crater wall instability and ground cracking. Rockfalls can also be increased by earthquakes in the area closed for the public.

According to the HVO, “eruptive activity” will not return to Mauna Loa. For Kilauea, however, there is still the possibility of a resumption of the current eruption or the initiation of another eruption.

Mauna Loa Volcano Explodes In Island Of Hawaii
Aerial view of the Kilauea volcano’s surface on Dec. 9, 2022 in Kilauea (Hawaii).

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