The world’s biggest active volcano Mauna Loa in Hawaii is showing signs of life with more seismic activities than whenever since its last eruption, researchers say. Scientists are foreseeing another blast anytime soon.
The volcano which last erupted in 1984 has been rattled by series of tremors since March 2013. “The quakes we are seeing at Mauna Loa lead us to accept that some of the same things that happened before the 1975 and 1984 eruptions are occurring right now,” said Wes Thelen, a seismologist for the U.S. Geographical Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. “We don’t see this sort of activity outside of pre-eruptive earthquake sequences,” he said.
Mauna Loa is a prevalent destination for climbers regardless of being an active volcano. But will the late behaviour pose a danger for voyagers? Individuals living on [mauna Loa’s] flanks face numerous harzards that come with living on or close to an active volcano, including lava flows, explosive eruptions, volcanic smog, damaging earthquakes, and local tsunami. Its increasing population and development imply that risk from volcano hazards will continue to grow.
“We’re not shutting down the summit or doing anything drastic,” Thelen said. “This is of interest on the grounds that it may be the very first sign that something’s up deep underneath the volcano, however we’ll wait until either the quakes get bigger or we see more inflation in the volcano to raise the color code.”