Friday, January 27, 2023

Mauna Loa volcano eruption draws spectators to Hawaii

HILO, Hawaii ( Associated Press) – The first eruption in 38 years of the world’s largest active volcano drew onlookers to a national park in Hawaii for “spectacular” views of the event, while some residents were haunted by bad memories of terrifying volcanic experiences. wakes up.

Only four years ago, Nicole Skilling fled her home near a town where lava had destroyed more than 700 homes. He drove to the South Kona area, but this week he refilled his car when Mauna Loa erupted on Sunday.

Officials feared that lava flowing down the side of the volcano would flow toward the south corner, but scientists later assured the public that the eruption went into an area of ​​fissures on Mauna Loa’s northeast flank that had no population.

Yet fear and uncertainty remain.

Although there were no evacuation orders, some people decided to leave their homes, and officials set up shelters in the Kona and Kauai areas. Hawaii County Mayor Rich Roth said very few had stayed overnight, adding that they were already being turned away.

Still, some in the region were preparing for unexpected changes.

Kamakani Rivera-Cecolio, a resident of the South Kona city of Huacachina, had taken food and blankets in her car.

“We Macau (are) ready for anything,” he said.

Ken Hone, chief scientist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said Tuesday that the lava was flowing “not at super speed” at minus 1 mph (1.6 km/h), although the exact speed was not specified. It was landing on the 6-mile (10 km) Saddle Road, the road that connects the eastern and western ends of the island. It will probably slow down when it reaches slow ground about four miles down the road.

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