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UPDATE: Lava viewing area reopens after unexploded ordnance is detonated by county

The Mauna Loa eruption viewing area along the Daniel K. Inouye Highway has now reopened after Hawai’i County detonated an unexploded ordnance found in lava rocks on Sunday Morning.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 7: Lava moving slowly, ‘spreading out like a pancake’

The Mauna Loa lava flow is currently 2.25 miles from Daniel K. Inouye Highway and the leading edge is advancing at an average of 50 feet per hour.

Mayor Roth’s message to tourists: ‘There is no better time to come to the Big Island’

This is the first time in 38 years that tourists and resident can witness simultaneous eruptions of Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 6: Danger is over for people living on southwest side of volcano

Over the past 24 hours, the Mauna Loa lava flow is moving at an average of about 40 feet per hour while it is on relatively flat ground as it creeps toward Saddle Road, now just 2.4 miles away.

Goddesses Pele and Poli’ahu bring lava and snow to Big Island summits on same day

Hawaiian legends tell many stories about sisters Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes and Poli‘ahu, goddess of snow.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 5: Lava flow remains 2.7 miles from Saddle Road

The Northeast Rift Zone is still active, with fissure 3 continuing to be the dominant source of the largest lava flow.

HI-EMA deploys team to support Hawai‘i County during Mauna Loa eruption

The state agency is also coordinating analysis of potential consequences to the Big Island economy, infrastructure, transportation network and other effects if the eruption were to eventually damage Daniel K. Inouye Highway or other significant systems.

Volcano Watch: Mauna Loa Reawakens

HVO staff and County of Hawai‘i officials closely monitored the eruption overnight, tracking activity for any migration.

New lava viewing route through Pōhakuloa Training Area to help with traffic and safety

The new 4.5-mile one-way lava viewing route through Pōhakuloa Training Area land is an attempt to relieve congestion on Daniel K. Inouye Highway and address safety concerns while Mauna Loa is erupting.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 4: Lava flow slows; now week is earliest to reach Saddle Road

There are two active flows on the Northeast Rift Zone of the volcano.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 3: Roth issues emergency rule pertaining to parking, walking on Saddle Road

Two people were injured Tuesday night re-entering the roadway from the shoulder lane.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 3: Planning underway for possible closure of Saddle Road

Lava was just 3.6 miles Wednesday morning from the Big Island’s main thoroughfare from east to west.

Mauna Loa Eruption Day 3: Lava could reach Daniel K. Inouye Highway in 2 days

Now more than 3 miles away from Daniel K. Inouye Highway, the Mauna Loa eruption has reached the bottom part of the slope of the volcano and is entering into a flat area, officials confirmed this morning.

Update: Mauna Loa Eruption Day 3: HVO reports leading edge of lava flow still more than 3 miles from Saddle Road

At approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday, the leading edge of the Mauna Loa lava flow crossed Old Kona Highway, a dirt road that crosses the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve.

Big Island’s new attraction: Mauna Loa spewing red-glowing lava against black skies

A steady stream of vehicles flowed nearly 35 miles Monday night from the upper Kaʻūmana area of Hilo to Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area to see Mother Nature in action on Mauna Loa.

UPDATE: Mauna Loa lava flow only 4.5 miles from Saddle Road

New webcam videos from USGS shows fissure 3 and new fissure 4 is feeding lava flows downslope to the north/northeast. Fissure 3 is feeding the largest lava flow.

Mauna Loa Forest Reserve and other state-managed areas are closed due to eruption

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources also has closed Unit J of the Kapāpala Game Management Area, the Kipuka ‘Ainahou Nēnē Sanctuary, the ʻĀinapō Trail and cabin, and the Kapāpala Forest Reserve for at least 90 days due to the eruption of Mauna Loa.

Lava on the move as flow from fissure 3 crosses Mauna Loa Observatory Road

The lava from the Mauna Loa eruption is on the move with flow from its fissure 3 crossing the Mauna Loa Observatory Road overnight, according to USGS Volcanoes.

No parking zones enforced on Daniel K. Inouye Highway during Mauna Loa eruption

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation reminds the public to use caution and common sense on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway — Route 200, formerly known as Saddle Road — during the ongoing Mauna Loa eruption.

UPDATE: Only lowest of 3 fissures remains active on Mauna Loa; lava flow at 10,000 feet

Three fissures have opened and are fountaining lava on the northeast rift zone of Mauna Loa, officials confirmed during a state press conference this afternoon.
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