Hawaii closes Mauna Loa National Park due to ‘increased seismic activity’

(ORDO NEWS) — The National Park Service said Wednesday that an area near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park will be closed due to “increased seismic activity.”

The closure, in effect until further notice, is a precautionary measure.

“There is no eruption on Mauna Loa. The volcanic alert level remains advisory and the aviation color code remains yellow,” the park service added. “USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists will notify the park if conditions change.”

Earthquake activity has increased from 5-10 earthquakes per day since June 2022, to 10-20 earthquakes per day in July and August, and has reached approximately 40-50 earthquakes per day in the last two weeks.

“The peak number of earthquakes exceeding 100 per day occurred on September 23 and 29.”

The activity is accompanied by inflation or an expansion of the top area, which has also increased in the last two weeks.

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