HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists lowered the alert level for Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano from warning to clock on Saturday, saying the mountain’s first eruption in nearly 40 years could soon end.
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaii Volcano Observatory said in a bulletin that eruptions continued in the rift valley northeast of the mountain, but that lava flow and volcanic gas emissions were “significantly reduced.”
“Based on past eruptive behavior, the high eruption rate will not resume, and current behavior suggests that the eruption may soon end,” the observatory said. The inflationary trend of the volcano has been accompanied by a decrease in activity, and it is unlikely that eruptions will continue at a very low eruption rate.”
Meanwhile, the lava flow front “stagnates” about two miles from Saddle Road, an important highway used by residents and tourists alike to travel between the city of Hilo on the east side of the island and the coastal resorts on the west side. “did.
Scientists revealed earlier this week that the road is not under immediate threat from lava, allaying earlier concerns that the road could be blocked.
After being quiet for 38 years, Mauna Loa began spewing lava on November 27, drawing onlookers to the incandescent spectacle and sparking early nerves among those who had experienced devastating eruptions. For many native Hawaiians, this phenomenon has deep but very personal cultural significance.
The observatory said scientists continue to monitor the volcano closely and flight restrictions remain in place up to 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the ground.
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