(BIVN) – Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recently relocated gas monitoring instruments on Mauna Loa Volcano.
Mauna Loa is not erupting, and the USGS HVO maintains the volcanic alert level at ADVISORY / YELLOW. Scientists say rates of deformation and seismicity have not changed significantly in the past week and persist above long-term background levels.
In a series of photos taken on September 17 and posted to the USGS HVO website, scientists are shown upgrading a gas sensor at a new spot next to an old fissure on the giant volcano.
Two weeks ago, USGS HVO began reporting fumarole temperature and gas concentrations at the Sulphur Cone monitoring site on the Southwest Rift Zone appeared slightly elevated from previous measurements, but said that was “due to repositioning and servicing of instrument sensors” during maintenance by HVO field crews.
Meanwhile, “Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) measurements show continued summit inflation, consistent with magma supply to the volcano’s shallow storage system,” USGS HVO said.
“During the past week, approximately 40 small-magnitude earthquakes (all smaller than M2.5) were detected beneath the upper elevations of Mauna Loa,” USGS HVO said. “Most of the earthquakes occurred at shallow to intermediate depths of less than 10 km (~6 miles) below ground level.” The week before, scientists reported approximately 90 small-magnitude earthquakes in the same area.