Hawaii volcano: Mauna Loa eruption sparks rare double-eruption event with nearby volcano erupting since 2021

Hawaii volcano: Mauna Loa eruption sparks rare double-eruption event with nearby volcano erupting since 2021


As the sun rose over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Monday, the sky lit up with the glow of two erupting volcanoes.

Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, erupted For the first time in almost 40 years On Sunday night, it joined the neighboring Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting for more than a year. The rare double eruption event is expected to draw a flood of visitors eager to see their molten streams, the national park said. Facebook post.

Two volcanoes 21 miles apart have not erupted together Since 1984, when Mauna Loa last erupted. There is currently no threat to homes or nearby infrastructure, the park said, although state health officials have warned of potential impacts to air quality.

The US Geological Survey reported lava fountains 200 feet high from Mauna Loa. Monday eveninghowever, most remained a few yards higher.

The eruption is currently concentrated in Mauna Loa’s northeast rift zone, where lava is flowing from at least one part of the volcano, according to the US Geological Survey. Volcanic gas, fine ash and Pele hair (volcanic glass filaments) could be carried downwind, the agency said.

Officials are closely monitoring the site to monitor the incident.

“Based on past events, the initial stages of eruptions of the Mauna Loa rift zone can be very dynamic, and the location and progression of lava flows can change rapidly,” the geological survey said. Monday update.

Although there is no immediate threat to communities, the Hawaii National Guard is on standby and the state Emergency Management Agency has activated its emergency operations center, Hawaii Department of Defense Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Ken Hara said at a news conference.

To the southeast of Mauna Loa is Kilauea, a much smaller volcano. Eruption from September 2021According to the US Geological Survey, its lava is confined within its crater. When the incredibly active volcano erupted for months in 2018, it spewed lava near Leilani Estates. More than 700 houses were destroyed and relocation of residents.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open, but visitors hoping to witness historic eruptions are cautioned to be aware of the sites’ cultural significance to Native Hawaiians.

“While a flare is an exciting event, remember that you are witnessing a sacred event. Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are wahi-kapu (sacred landscapes) surrounded by many layers of land,” the park said. website says.

Kilauea's lava lake, left, and the spectacular glow from Mauna Loa, right, brighten the morning sky.

The Mauna Loa eruption prompted the closure of the Mauna Loa Forest Preserve and Kipuka ‘Ainahou Nene Preserve for at least 90 days, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). announced Monday.

The division expressed concern that years of land restoration work after previous eruptions could be undone if the lava were to divert and flow into the Pu Makaala reserve.

Hawaii health officials are warning residents of the possibility

Hawaii Governor David Ige warned Monday that winds could carry volcanic gas and ash and asked residents with respiratory sensitivities to take precautions to minimize exposure.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said on Monday that parts of the island could see a “trace of less than a quarter inch” of ash.

The Hawaii Department of Health issued a statement warning On Monday, residents and visitors were warned to prepare for air quality impacts, saying the eruptions could lead to “higher and more fluctuating weather, ash and sulfur dioxide levels in different parts of the state.”

Vog is a term volcanic smoke– state employees say.

Susceptible groups, including children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions, should minimize outdoor activities that cause severe breathing problems and reduce exposure by staying indoors and keeping windows and doors closed, the health department said.

Volcanic ash clouds can also pose a significant aviation hazard, reducing visibility, damaging flight controls, and ultimately causing jet engines to fail.

Southwest Airlines suspended operations from Hilo International on Monday due to the volcanic eruption, the airline said. It canceled five flights to and from Honolulu, Southwest said.

“Passengers with flights to Hilo International Airport (ITO) or Allison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) in Keyhole should check with the airline before traveling to the airport due to volcanic activity at Mauna Loa,” the statement said. giving advice from the state transport department.

The US Federal Aviation Administration “is closely monitoring the eruption and will issue warnings to air traffic once the size of the ash cloud is determined,” the statement said.

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