About a week after Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano began erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years, it continues to shoot lava into the air and force lava flows down the slope.
The US Geological Survey began live streaming views from a camera showing Mauna Loa’s fissure 3 actively spewing lava from the volcano’s northeast rift zone.
According to the USGS, the fascinating live stream is not only fascinating to watch, but will help scientists continue to monitor the volcano in real time.
The active fissure, or vent, is feeding lava down the slope to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Hawaii Route 500) and is advancing at about 40 feet per hour, according to the latest report from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Civil Defense and Transportation officials are closely monitoring the Big Island freeway to determine if it needs to be closed due to the ongoing outbreak. The highway is in the border region that separates Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. It is the most significant infrastructure threatened by the eruption that began on November 27th.
The USGS said Column 3 views would change depending on rain and clouds, potentially obscuring visibility or making the video feed blurry. The west-facing camera continues to bounce back even in the dark, with the only light coming from the volcano’s hot lava.
It is unclear how long the Mauna Loa video will continue to run because the cameras cannot be repaired immediately because of the dangerous volcano.
Another USGS camera shows the view of Mauna Loa’s northeast flank from Mauna Kea looking south.
Currently, officials say the volcano poses no threat to nearby Big Island communities.
Scientists don’t know exactly when Mauna Loa’s eruption will stop.
According to NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory, Mauna Loa’s last eruption lasted for three weeks, in 1984.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/06/livestream-captures-hawaiis-mauna-loa-volcano-spewing-lava/ Live stream shows Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii spewing lava