Officials Urge People to Pack “Go Bags”, Prepare for Eruption, at World’s Largest Active Volcano in Hawaii, Mauna Loa
, 2022-10-13 02:00:00,
Seismic unrest is building at the world’s largest active volcano in Hawaii, where officials are urging people on the Big Island of Hawaii to pack “go bags” and prepare for the inevitable eruption of the giant Mauna Loa volcano. Yesterday, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) said that they detected 65 small-magnitude earthquakes 2-3 miles below the Mokuāʻweoweo caldera beneath the upper-elevation northwest flank of Mauna Loa, an increase in activity from the ongoing period of unrest. Global Positioning System (GPS) instrumentation on Mauna Loa continue to measure inflation at rates elevated since mid-September, indicating that magma is building inside the volcano.
While Mauna Loa is not erupting and there are no signs of an imminent eruption at this moment, scientists are concerned that the inevitable eruption of the giant volcano may arrive sooner than wanted.
“Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of heightened unrest as indicated by increased earthquake activity and inflation of the summit,” HVO said in a statement. “The current unrest is most likely being driven by renewed input of magma 2-5 miles beneath Mauna Loa’s summit.”
Earthquake activity has been increasing from 5-10 earthquakes per day since June 2022, to 10-20 earthquakes per day in July and August, and…
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