Flyover above world’s largest volcano as rumbles continue on Hawaii’s Big Island

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory continues to monitor the world’s largest volcano, which is showing signs of intensifying unrest that could be a precursor to an eruption not seen in nearly four years.

Mauna Loa is one of seven volcanoes that make up the Big Island’s topography.

Experts are using a variety of monitoring instruments to monitor the volcano for any signs of a precursor to an eruption.

Monitoring practices include flying over the volcano to spot any changes in the terrain, which would herald continued unrest.

Despite hundreds of small earthquakes and topographical changes, the U.S. Geological Survey reported no indication that the shield volcano was in immediate danger of erupting.

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“Mauna Loa has not erupted and there are currently no signs of an impending eruption. Monitoring data show no significant changes over the past 24 hours. Current unrest is likely, such as increased seismic activity and the US Geological Survey in a recent update. It is propelled by magma re-injection 2-5 miles below Mauna Loa.

World’s largest volcano shows signs of increased activity on Hawaii’s Big Island

Geologists say they hope to see longer-lasting and higher rates of ground deformation and seismicity ahead of future eruptions.

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Shield volcanoes are known to be generally large, but the lava is usually thin, which reduces the explosiveness of the eruption.

Emergency management and scientists continued to hold town hall meetings to remind residents of what to expect in the unavoidable situation.

Many people are not used to the threat posed by the giant volcano, as the population has doubled since the last event in 1984.

More than 200,000 residents call the island home, including comedian Roseanne Barr and actor Matthew McConaughey, according to census data.

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Experts advise residents of potentially impacted areas to make plans to shelter in place and evacuate if the alert level is raised.

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Mauna Loa is currently on a yellow advisory, the third highest on the U.S. volcano alert level system.

Raising an alert or warning on the watch by the USGS would indicate that an eruption may be imminent or in progress.

Volcanologists stress that the recent increase in Mauna Loa activity does not necessarily mean an eruption is bound to occur, and there are no indications that an eruption is imminent.


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