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Hawaii Tribune-Herald Update


“No liquid lava detected outside of Fissure 3 as eruption weakens further.”

Views expressed in this Hawaii Island News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 12 December 2022, 2055 UTC.

Here’s the latest update on the Mauna Loa eruption.  Content provided by Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reporter Michael Brestovansky.


“The only liquid lava still present in the Mauna Loa eruption is confined to Fissure 3.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported this morning that the lava output of Fissure 3 has reduced further, and that new lava has been unable to escape the vent itself.

The main lava flow from Fissure 3 stalled out last week after liquid lava was cut off from the flow front. The flow reached about 1.7 miles away from Daniel K. Inouye Highway, but has not moved substantially over the last several days.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported yesterday that sulfur dioxide emissions also have diminished over recent days, while tremors which would signal the movement of lava beneath the earth’s surface are no longer detectable.

HVO reduced its alert level for the Mauna Loa eruption from Advisory to Watch on Saturday.”

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