Activity Summary: Mauna Loa Volcano is not erupting . Rates of deformation and seismicity have not changed significantly over the past week and remain above long-term background levels. The ongoing eruption at Kīlauea Volcano is not affecting Mauna Loa.
On December 20, 2020, a new eruption broke out in Halemaʻumaʻu, with the lava boiling off a water lake that had been growing for more than a year and replacing it with a lava lake.
|Location||Hawaiʻi, United States|
|Age of rock||210,000 to 280,000 years old|
|Mountain type||Shield volcano , hotspot volcano|
|Volcano||Country||Eruption Stop Date|
|Fuego||Guatemala||2020 Dec 10 (continuing)|
|Bagana||Papua New Guinea||2020 Dec 1 (continuing)|
|Sheveluch||Russia||2020 Dec 10 (continuing)|
|Erebus||Antarctica||2020 Nov 24 (continuing)|
While our volcanoes are among the most active in the world, they are not always erupting. The current eruption started December 20, 2020. This means that the answer to the question “ can we see lava in Hawaii ?” is “yes!”.
On the Island of Hawai’i, the youngest of the main Hawaiian Islands, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are historically the two most active volcanoes, with frequent eruptions.
Background Since June 25 2019 , Kīlauea Volcano has been at NORMAL/GREEN. For definitions of USGS Volcano Alert Levels and Aviation Color Codes, see: https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/volcano-hazards/about-alert-levels. Kīlauea remains an active volcano, and it will erupt again.
Eruptions of Kilauea are certainly spectacular. Its cherry-red lava flows and roaring lava fountains are impressive, especially when seen at night. But relatively few people have been killed by Kilauea’s lava, because it is usually possible for people to get out of its path.
Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes . Two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kilauea and Maunaloa – can be found on Hawaii Island. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, and Kilauea’s last eruption was 1983-2018.
January 12, 2020
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