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Mauna Loa, World’s Largest Active Volcano, Struck By 34 Earthquakes

With a summit 55,700 feet above its base and covering about half of the island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa is the world’s largest active volcano having erupted 33 times since its discovery in 1843. Now, after being hit by 34 small earthquakes on Sunday, April 11th, experts are warning that another eruption could be possible in the near future.

All 34 of the earthquakes were small and there is no threat of a tsunami, however, the frequency of earthquakes hitting the area in recent months is what experts cite as the cause for concern. Hawaii’s Big Island has experienced over 744 earthquakes of at least 1.5 magnitude within the last 30 days.

While the eruption of Mauna Loa is not an imminent threat, its gradual awakening has experts urging residents to revisit their personal evacuation and emergency plans. The US Geological Survey notes that learning about the volcanic hazards that affect your community and developing a natural hazards emergency plan with your family are significant steps that will help keep residents safe. Further information on what to expect during the eventual Mauna Loa eruption can be found on the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

When developing an eruption plan, it is important to be thorough and consider all possibilities. For example, where will your family go when the eruption starts? What if you are at work while your pets and children are at home? Having all of these questions addressed beforehand will help your family act quickly and safely during an emergency event. A full checklist of items that you may want to include in a “go-bag”, including hygiene supplies and important documents, can also be found here.

Stay up to date and informed on how these natural disasters are affecting communities at The Earthquake Expo on February 7th & 8th, 2022 at the Miami Beach Convention Center! Secure your free tickets today.