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Mauna Loa Volcano Update

Posted by Sherry B on Thursday, 25 January 2018, at 11:35 a.m.
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Scientists from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory invite the public to an open house at Konawaena Elementary School on Saturday, Jan 27, from noon to 3, to see posters and talk with scientists about Mauna Loa Volcano. It is restless, but no eruption is imminent. Its last eruption was in 1984, and threatened Hilo. It is a very different volcano from Kilauea--scientists said in a recent interview that Kilauea eruptions typically emit around 1 meter per second; in 1950, Mauna Loa erupted 1,000 meters per second. In 1950, lava went from the summit to the South Kona coastline in 3 hours, another flow reached the coast in 14 hours, another reached the coast in 18 hours. Scientists cannot tell us when nor where Mauna Loa might erupt, but it's important to understand what Mauna Loa is. BTW, Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on earth and makes up more than half of Hawaii Island's land mass. (As a note, scientists say there is NO activity, no restlessness at all in Hualalai Volcano.)


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