HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -
is an eruption that many who live on the Island of Hawaii remember well.
On March 25, 1984, lava erupted from a fissure at Mauna Loa's summit,
and, within hours, another fissure opened farther down the volcano's northeast
rift zone. Lava flows advanced 15 miles in three days, sending rivers of lava to within
4.5 miles of the outskirts of Hilo.
natural disruptions in the lava channels and a declining eruption rate stalled
the flows before they reached residential areas. The eruption ended on April
the past 3,000 years, Mauna Loa has erupted on average, once
every 6 years. Although it has now been quiet for 30 years,
Mauna Loa isn't expected to erupt any time soon.
to Jim Kauahikaua, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
Scientist-in-Charge, "Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on Earth,
is not yet showing signs of unrest, but it will erupt again. HVO
scientists continue to closely monitor Mauna Loa and will inform the public if
and when significant changes are detected."
Want to learn
more about Mauna Loa? The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) will offer an
‘After Dark in the Park' program in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor
Center tonight at 7 p.m. The public is invited to join HVO geologist Frank
Trusdellas he talks about the eruptive history and current status of
Mauna Loa. Click HERE for more information.