Scientists Say Mauna Loa Becoming Active

HILO, THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — Scientists at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory on the Big Island say geological activity at Mauna Loa has reached levels not seen since 2014 through 2017 and they are closely monitoring the volcano. As many as 90 earthquakes per week are occurring around the summit, up from just five per week as late as early 2018, most less than 2.0 in magnitude. Along with the increase in earthquakes has come increasing ground deformation around the peak. Last year’s Kilauea eruption destroyed more than 700 homes from May through August.

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