By Tim Bryan
Its the last day of January and that means its time for the final event of Volcano Awareness Month on Hawaii Island.
At 7 p.m. on Monday night at Lyman Museum in Hilo, a talk will center on the Big Island’s silent threat: Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth.
According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, mapping and dating show that 95% of this active volcano is covered with lava flows less than 10,000 years old. Since 1843, it has erupted 33 times. When Mauna Loa erupts, fast‐moving and voluminous lava flows can reach the sea in hours, severing roads and utilities, repaving the flanks and building new land.
The growth of Mauna Loa is far from complete as this huge volcano will undoubtedly erupt again. Join USGS volcanologist Frank Trusdell as he talks about Mauna Loa’s eruptive history and the volcano’s current status.