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World’s largest active volcano is having 50 earthquakes a day

Officials in Hawaii warn that the Mauna Loa volcano may erupt soon.

Scientists believe another eruption is unlikely, but they are closely monitoring earthquakes at the volcano summit.

These quakes are occurring because of an increase in magma flow beneath the earth’s surface. Although they have been less frequent in recent years, it is possible that they will return.

Hawaii’s civil defense agency has instructions for people on how to prepare for the worst. They were instructed to prepare a “go bag” with food and a plan for meeting up with their friends.


Talmadge Magno (administrator for Hawaii County Civil Defense) said that while it was not necessary to panic everyone, they must be aware that many of them live on Mauna Loa’s slopes. There is a possibility of a lava catastrophe.

Magno stated that 51% of the island’s total land mass is covered by volcano. Therefore, an eruption could have a devastating impact on large parts of the island.

Mauna Loa stands at 13,679 feet (4,169m), above sea level, and towers over its neighbor volcano Kilauea. Kilauea erupted in 2018, causing the destruction of 700 homes.

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Mauna Loa’s steepness means that lava flows much faster.

Image When Mauna Loa explodes, lava will quickly flow over large areas of the island

The population of Hawaii has doubled in the past 20 years, from 92,000 to 200,000.

Mauna Loa has been active 33 times since 1843. In 1950, it was active for 15 miles.

Officials have instructed newer residents to be ready, even if they were not there when Mauna Loa last erupted 38-years ago.

Last weekend, 220 Ocean View residents attended a community meeting that was led by civil defense officers.

Bob Werner, a resident who was not present at the meeting, stated that the greater concern is that it would be very annoying to have to drive for the same stuff an additional hour or two.

Ryan Williams, a bar proprietor, stated that customers are used to the warnings and are not concerned about an eruption.

Magno stated that the agency targets people who live near volcano’s vents because they will have the most time to respond to an eruption if the threat level rises to “watch”.

Current alert level: “advisory”


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