The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor the world’s largest volcano, which is showing signs of increasing unrest, a possible precursor to an eruption not seen in nearly four decades.
Mauna Loa is one of seven volcanoes that make up the landscape of the Big Island.
Experts use a variety of monitoring equipment to monitor the volcano for signs of any precursors leading to an eruption.
Monitoring methods include flying over the volcano to see any changes in the terrain, which could indicate ongoing eruptions.
Although there have been hundreds of minor earthquakes and shifts in location, the United States Geological Survey reports that there are no signs that the shield volcano is at risk of an immediate eruption.
“Mauna Loa is not erupting, and there are no signs of an impending eruption at this time. Monitoring data shows that there have been no significant changes in the past 24 hours. Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of high activity as indicated by increased seismic activity and current disturbances are likely to are driven by a renewed input of magma 2-5 miles below the summit of Mauna Loa,” the USGS said during their latest update.
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Geologists say they expect to see a constant and high rate of seismicity and seismicity ahead of a future eruption.
Shield volcanoes are known to be large, but the lava is often thin, which limits eruptions.
Emergency managers and scientists continue to hold town hall meetings, warning residents about what to expect when the inevitable happens.
Many are not used to the threats posed by a large volcano, as the population has doubled since the last event in 1984.
According to Census data, more than 200,000 residents call the island home, including comedian Roseanne Barr and actor Matthew McConaughey.
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Experts advise residents in the area of potential impact to have plans in place for both shelter and evacuation if alert levels are raised.
Mauna Loa is currently under a yellow, advisory status, the third highest level in the US volcano alert-level system.
An increase in the warning watch or USGS warning will indicate that an eruption is likely or ongoing.
Volcanologists stress that the recent increase in eruptions at Mauna Loa does not mean that an eruption is certain, and there is no indication that it is imminent.