The heightened seismic activity has led to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to shut down backcountry access to the Mauna Loa summit backcountry until more notice. The park was revealed This week.
The area covers half the Island of Hawai`i, Mauna Loa is thought to be the biggest active volcano in the world in accordance with the US Geological Survey.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory says activity on the volcano is on the rise from the beginning of summer.
The frequency of earthquakes has been rising from 5 to 10 earthquakes per day from June 2022 until around 10-20 earthquakes per day during August and July as per the USGS.
It was able to record 40-50 earthquakes per day during the last two weeks. Maximum numbers of over 100 earthquakes per day were recorded between September 23 and 29th The USGS reported.
There is no sign of an eruption.
The park shared a photo of the mountain in its account on Twitter last week and also stated that the summit was “closed to hiking as a precautionary measure.”
“Mauna Loa is not erupting, and there are no signs of an imminent eruption at this time,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in the news release.
“However, Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of heightened unrest as indicated by increased earthquake activity and inflation of the summit.”
The USGS confirmed that the current disturbance can be “most likely being driven by renewed input of magma” 2 to 5 miles below the its summit
“The current increase in activity does not suggest that a progression to an eruption is certain, and there are no indications that an eruption is imminent,” USGS declared.