Mauna Loa’s lava inches closer to Hawaiian highway

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Important Takeaways:

  • Coming in hot! Mauna Loa’s lava oozes within 2.5 miles of traffic on the Big Island – at a rate 40 feet per hour
  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano is likely going to reach a major highway in the state unimpeded, as it moves within 2.5 miles of traffic on Sunday
  • Many are bracing for major upheaval if lava from Mauna Loa slides across a key road and blocks the quickest route connecting two sides of the island
  • The molten rock could make the road impassable and force drivers to find alternate coastal routes in the north and south
  • There are severable variables that will likely prevent officials from trying to stop the flow
  • The problem, according to the US Geological Survey, is that lava is unpredictable and it’s entirely possible it misses the Daniel K. Inouye Highway entirely

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Mauna Loa is slowing down while Kilauea continues erupting

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Lava flow from Mauna Loa is slowing down. But that’s not the only possible hazard from Hawaii’s dual volcano eruptions
  • First, the good news: The lava spilling out of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano is slowing down, spreading out and not an immediate threat to people on the ground.
  • Now the bad news: Possible health hazards remain as two volcanoes keep erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island, sending acidic gases into the air.
  • Lava from Mauna Loa has been creeping toward the highway, coming within 3.6 miles [could take a week to reach the road]
  • 2 volcanoes and lots of gases
    • Just 21 miles away from Mauna Loa…Kilauea has been erupting since last year. But this is the first time in decades that both volcanoes have erupted simultaneously.
    • Volcanic gas, fine ash and Pele’s Hair (strands of volcanic glass) could be carried downwind
  • Volcanoes are also erupting in Alaska
    • More than 3,000 miles to the north… Both the Pavlof Volcano and Great Sitkin Volcano are experiencing low-level eruptions in the remote Aleutian Islands chain
    • Overall, Alaska has more than 40 active volcanoes stretching across the Aleutian Islands chain.

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Mauna Loa Volcano alert level raised after Eruption

Volcano Erupting

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano Begins Eruption, Alert Level Raised
  • An eruption began in the summit caldera of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano
  • “At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities,” the notification said.
  • However, the notification warned, based on previous events that the early eruption stages of this volcano can be very dynamic and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly.
  • The volcano alert level was upgraded from an “advisory” to a “warning.”
  • Over a dozen earthquakes of more than 2.5 magnitude struck the region in the last two hours, according to the USGS, with one measuring 4.2 in magnitude.

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Mauna Loa “Heightened Unrest” as series of small quakes rattle the volcano

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • More than 50 earthquakes rattle Hawaii volcano in past 24 hours, geologists say
  • A swarm of at least 50 small-magnitude earthquakes has rattled the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island in Hawaii over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Tuesday, Nov. 15.
  • All of the quakes were below 3.0 magnitude, geologists said.
  • Mauna Loa is the world’s biggest active volcano. It is not erupting and there are “no signs of an imminent eruption,” according to geologists.
  • However, the area is in a state of “heightened unrest” due to the increased earthquake activity and “inflation of the summit,” USGS said. The activity is likely being driven by new magma entering between 2 and 5 miles below the volcano’s summit.

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More Earthquakes rattle Hawaii’s largest Volcano, Mauna Loa

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven

Important Takeaways:

  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano: Earthquakes rumble, sending warning signs of possible eruption
  • The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday that Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of heightened unrest on the Big Island.
  • The observatory detected 13 small-magnitude quakes in regions historically seismically active during periods of unrest on the volcano.
  • The current unrest — also indicated by inflation of the summit — is most likely being driven by renewed input of magma 2 to 5 miles beneath the summit.
  • Since its first well-documented eruption in 1843, the volcano has erupted 33 times, with its last eruption in 1984.
  • Officials are warning residents to be prepared in case it erupts soon.

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Alert level raised for Hawaii volcano due to rumbles, quakes

FILE PHOTO: The Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii is shown in this March 25, 1984 handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, and released to Reuters on June 19, 2014. U.S. Geological Survey/Handout via Reuters

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has been hit by at least 50 small earthquakes since October of last year, scientists said on Tuesday, prompting U.S. geologists to raise its alert level to yellow.

An eruption of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, did not appear to be imminent. The increased seismic activity indicated a shift in the “shallow magma storage system” under the mountain, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) said in an advisory.

“As has happened before, it is possible that current low-level unrest will continue and vary in intensity for many months, or even years without an eruption,” the observatory said. “It is also possible that the current unrest is an early precursor to an eventual eruption. At this time, we cannot determine which of these possibilities is more likely.”

Yellow is the second level on the Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s color-coded alert chart, above green, which is used to indicate “background, non-eruptive state.” Orange signifies a volcano exhibiting “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.” The highest alert level, red, indicates that an eruption is imminent.

“HVO expects that days or weeks prior to an eruption, monitoring instruments will detect signs of an increased potential for eruption,” the observatory said. “However, it is also possible that the time frame to eruption could be shorter – hours to days. All communities on the flanks of the volcano should be prepared.”

The last episode of volcanic activity in Hawaii was a destructive eruption of lava last summer from a series of fissures that opened at the foot of Kilauea Volcano, also on the Big Island.

Kilauea spewed rivers of molten rock that swallowed hundreds of homes before creeping several miles (km) to the ocean, ultimately engulfing two seaside housing developments there.

The property losses from the May-to-August event marked the most destructive eruption event of Kilauea or any other volcano in Hawaii’s recorded history.

Mauna Loa, which takes up more than half of the Big Island, and rises 13,679 feet (4,169 meters) above the Pacific Ocean, last erupted in March and April of 1984, sending a flow of lava within 5 miles (8.05 km) of the city of Hilo.

The volcano has produced voluminous flows of lava that have reached the ocean at least eight times since 1868, and twice its eruptions have destroyed villages, in 1926 and 1950.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman; editing by Bill Tarrant and Sandra Maler)