The Big Island has some exciting new geologic activity!
On December 13, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory determined the eruption which began on November 27 is no longer erupting. The Mauna Loa eruption began in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For almost two weeks, brilliant glowing lava could be seen on the unpopulated northeast flank of Mauna Loa and locals and visitors alike rushed up to safely view the spectacular lava fissure and flows. On December 10, the lava supply to the vent on the Northeast Rift Zone stopped and we are all delighted to hear that the volcanic gas emissions in that area have decreased to pre-eruption levels.
For the most up-to-date information on Mauna Loa and Kilauea, check Hawaii Volcanos National Park’s “What Going on with the Volcanoes?” (https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm)
Per the Hawaii Tourism Authority, there is currently no reason for travelers to change or alter their leisure or business plans to Hawaii. Flights into and out of the Kona and Hilo airports are operating normally. Neither airport is in any danger.
The Holualoa Inn and all other accommodations, activities, and attractions on the island are also operating normally. The Mauna Loa summit backcountry is closed, however main areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remain open.
It has been almost 40 years since the last eruption of Mauna Loa and eruptions have historically been spectacular, yet brief. We will continue to follow the status of the eruption and are honored and humbled to have had the chance to witness this incredible natural phenomenon.
For the most up-to-date Mauna Loa eruption information, please visit U.S. Geological Survey, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i County Civil Defense, Go Hawaii and Vog Dashboard.