Hawaii's Mauna Loa Erupts for First Time Since 1984
Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting late Sunday, leading officials to declare an ashfall advisory and warn nearby residents of possible lava flow.
Key Quotes: "Residents at risk from Mauna Loa lava flows should review preparedness and refer to Hawaii County Civil Defense information for further guidance," the U.S. Geological Survey said in a warning to residents. "Based on past events, the early stages of a Mauna Loa eruption can be very dynamic and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly." Hawaii's Tourism Authority said on Twitter Monday that the eruption "is not currently threatening communities downhill or affecting flights to the Island of Hawaiʻi."
For Context: Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843, but none since 1984, when lava flows came within 5 miles of the town of Hilo. In recent weeks, local officials had begun to prepare for possible eruptions amid earthquake activity at the volcano. Mauna Loa is 13,681 feet tall and covers roughly half the island of Hawaii, often known as the Big Island. The island's population has grown from 92,000 in 1980 to roughly 200,000 today.
How the Media Covered It: News sources across the political spectrum highlighted the eruption Monday morning.
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Up to a quarter inch of ashfall could accumulate on portions of the island.
“People with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors to avoid inhaling the ash particles and anyone outside should cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth,” the National Weather Service in Honolulu warned.
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Scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the eruption began at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Mokuaweoweo, the summit caldera of the volcano.
USGS webcams at the summit clearly showed a long fissure erupting fountains of lava which was spreading along the caldera floor.
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