Mauna Loa’s lava inches closer to Hawaiian highway

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Important Takeaways:

  • Coming in hot! Mauna Loa’s lava oozes within 2.5 miles of traffic on the Big Island – at a rate 40 feet per hour
  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano is likely going to reach a major highway in the state unimpeded, as it moves within 2.5 miles of traffic on Sunday
  • Many are bracing for major upheaval if lava from Mauna Loa slides across a key road and blocks the quickest route connecting two sides of the island
  • The molten rock could make the road impassable and force drivers to find alternate coastal routes in the north and south
  • There are severable variables that will likely prevent officials from trying to stop the flow
  • The problem, according to the US Geological Survey, is that lava is unpredictable and it’s entirely possible it misses the Daniel K. Inouye Highway entirely

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Mauna Loa is slowing down while Kilauea continues erupting

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Lava flow from Mauna Loa is slowing down. But that’s not the only possible hazard from Hawaii’s dual volcano eruptions
  • First, the good news: The lava spilling out of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano is slowing down, spreading out and not an immediate threat to people on the ground.
  • Now the bad news: Possible health hazards remain as two volcanoes keep erupting on Hawaii’s Big Island, sending acidic gases into the air.
  • Lava from Mauna Loa has been creeping toward the highway, coming within 3.6 miles [could take a week to reach the road]
  • 2 volcanoes and lots of gases
    • Just 21 miles away from Mauna Loa…Kilauea has been erupting since last year. But this is the first time in decades that both volcanoes have erupted simultaneously.
    • Volcanic gas, fine ash and Pele’s Hair (strands of volcanic glass) could be carried downwind
  • Volcanoes are also erupting in Alaska
    • More than 3,000 miles to the north… Both the Pavlof Volcano and Great Sitkin Volcano are experiencing low-level eruptions in the remote Aleutian Islands chain
    • Overall, Alaska has more than 40 active volcanoes stretching across the Aleutian Islands chain.

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Mauna Loa Volcano alert level raised after Eruption

Volcano Erupting

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano Begins Eruption, Alert Level Raised
  • An eruption began in the summit caldera of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano
  • “At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities,” the notification said.
  • However, the notification warned, based on previous events that the early eruption stages of this volcano can be very dynamic and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly.
  • The volcano alert level was upgraded from an “advisory” to a “warning.”
  • Over a dozen earthquakes of more than 2.5 magnitude struck the region in the last two hours, according to the USGS, with one measuring 4.2 in magnitude.

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More Earthquakes rattle Hawaii’s largest Volcano, Mauna Loa

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven

Important Takeaways:

  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano: Earthquakes rumble, sending warning signs of possible eruption
  • The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday that Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of heightened unrest on the Big Island.
  • The observatory detected 13 small-magnitude quakes in regions historically seismically active during periods of unrest on the volcano.
  • The current unrest — also indicated by inflation of the summit — is most likely being driven by renewed input of magma 2 to 5 miles beneath the summit.
  • Since its first well-documented eruption in 1843, the volcano has erupted 33 times, with its last eruption in 1984.
  • Officials are warning residents to be prepared in case it erupts soon.

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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano is rumbling, Civil Defense Agency warning not to panic but be prepared

  • Hawaii’s Big Island gets warning as huge volcano rumbles (Hawaii’s Muana Loa Volcano is rumbling the Civil Defense Agency warning not to panic but be prepared)
  • Hawaii’s civil defense agency is holding meetings across the island to educate residents about how to prepare for a possible emergency. They recommend having a ″go″ bag with food, identifying a place to stay once they leave home and making a plan for reuniting with family members.
  • “Not to panic everybody, but they have to be aware of that you live on the slopes of Mauna Loa. There’s a potential for some kind of lava disaster”
  • Mauna Loa, rising 13,679 feet (4,169 meters) above sea level, is the much larger neighbor to Kilauea volcano, which erupted in a residential neighborhood and destroyed 700 homes in 2018.
  • Mauna Loa has been in a state of “heightened unrest” since the middle of last month when the number of summit earthquakes jumped from 10 to 20 per day to 40 to 50 per day.
  • Scientists believe more earthquakes are occurring because more magma is flowing into Mauna Loa’s summit reservoir system from the hot spot under the earth’s surface that feeds molten rock to Hawaii’s volcanoes.

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Remnants of Hurricane Darby sends historic surf to the Big Island of Hawaii

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Watch: Colossal waves crash over 2-story condo in Hawaii as Hurricane Darby remnants pass
  • Oceanfront buildings along Keauhou-Kona took the brunt of “historic” surf conditions
  • Swells were forecast to reach as high as 20 feet along the southern coast of Hawaii Island.
  • The waves damaged several buildings and forced road closures.
  • Darby had at one point reached major hurricane status with peak winds of 140 mph – rating a Category 4
  • Darby fizzled as it tracked a few hundred miles south of the Big Island. Still, the once-powerful storms churned heavy surf that eventually made its way to the Big Island.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts for first time in nearly a year

(Reuters) -Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lava and clouding the skies with volcanic smog on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The latest eruption of Hawaii’s youngest and most active volcano began on Wednesday afternoon.

While the lava presented no immediate threat to populated areas, residents who live downwind of Kīlauea were warned of possible exposure to sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases that can irritate the respiratory system.

The eruption was taking place within the confines of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, which remained open to visitors who wished to observe the lava’s glow and the pluming smoke from a safe distance.

Kīlauea’s last eruption took place in December 2020, when a water-filled lake that had formed at the crater evaporated, replaced by a lava lake.

Two years before that, a string of earthquakes and a major eruption led to the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses as lava flowed down to the ocean over a period of several months, hardening into new land.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Giles Elgood and Mark Porter)

Boeing 737 cargo plane makes emergency water landing off Hawaii

By David Shepardson and Ankit Ajmera

(Reuters) -A decades-old Boeing Co 737-200 cargo airplane with two people on board made an emergency nighttime landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, early on Friday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA said both crew members were rescued, citing preliminary information.

“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,” the FAA said in a statement.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.

Transair Flight 810 departed Honolulu at 1:33 a.m. local time bound for Maui’s Kahului airport but quickly turned back toward Honolulu, according to aviation data from

Shortly after, the Coast Guard responded to reports of the downed plane south of the island of Oahu with two people on board. Around 2:30 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter located the debris field and found one of the crew members clinging to the plane’s tail. That person was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital.

The other survivor was spotted on top of some floating packages and was picked up by a Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat for transport to shore, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Both were being evaluated by medical personnel and their current condition was unknown.

The crew knew they were in trouble.

“We’ve lost number one engine,” one of the pilots told Honolulu air traffic control in a recording posted on LiveATC, an audio streaming site that broadcasts air traffic control communications.

“We are going to need the fire department … We’re going to lose the other engine, too. It’s running very hot.”

Boeing said it was closely monitoring the situation and was in contact with the NTSB. The airplane was built by Boeing in 1975, according to FAA records. The plane was first delivered to Pacific Western Airlines and joined Transair’s fleet in 2014, according to

The plane was equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines. Pratt & Whitney said it was supporting the NTSB’s investigation.

Rhoades Aviation Inc does business as Transair, which is one of Hawaii’s largest air cargo carriers and has been in business since 1982. It has a fleet of five Boeing 737s that fly daily to all major Hawaiian island destinations, according to its website.

Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc, the insurance broker for Boeing, declined to comment.

Shares of Boeing were trading slightly lower on Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.

Boeing’s 737 MAX was cleared to fly by regulators late last year after a 20-month grounding following two accidents that killed hundreds of people.

The 737 in Friday’s incident was an older generation than the MAX.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in Truro, Mass., and Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Steve Orlofsky and Jonathan Oatis)

Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island

(Reuters) – The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted on Sunday night, according to an advisory from the United States Geological Survey, followed by an earthquake that struck at the volcano’s south flank.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 located beneath Kīlauea Volcano’s south flank at 10:36 pm local time, according to the advisory.

The eruption was reported at the Halemaumau Crater of the Kilauea Volcano, the Hawaii county Civil Defense Agency said in a tweet early on Monday, requesting residents to stay indoors.

“Trade winds will push any embedded ash toward the Southwest. Fallout is likely in the Kau District in Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Ocean View,” the tweet added.

The eruption started with multiple fissures opening on the walls of Halemaumau crater, USGS said.

A picture from the USGS showed Kilauea’s summit illuminated by the hot lava with a plume of steam and gas bursting out of the volcano.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair and Derek Francis in Bengaluru, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

‘Secret’ life of sharks: Study reveals their surprising social networks

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sharks have more complex social lives than previously known, as shown by a study finding that gray reef sharks in the Pacific Ocean cultivate surprising social networks with one another and develop bonds that can endure for years.

The research focused on the social behavior of 41 reef sharks around the Palmyra Atoll, about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southwest of Hawaii, using acoustic transmitters to track them and camera tags to gain greater clarity into their interactions.

Far from being solitary creatures, the sharks formed social communities that remained rather stable over time, with some of the same individuals remaining together during the four years of the study.

The researchers documented a daily pattern, with sharks spending mornings together in groups of sometimes close to 20 individuals in the same part of the reef, dispersing throughout the day and into the night, and reconvening the next morning.

“Sharks are incredible animals and still quite misunderstood,” said Florida International University marine biologist Yannis Papastamatiou, lead author of the research published this week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.

“I like to talk about their ‘secret social lives’ not because they want it to be a secret, but because only recently have we developed the tools to start seeing and understanding their social lives,” Papastamatiou added. “Not all sharks are social and some are likely solitary.”

The reef shark is medium-sized, reaching about 6 feet (2 meters) long. Its sociality bore similarities in terms of stability over time to certain birds and mammals but differed in that it did not involve nesting, mating, making vocalizations or friendly interactions.

The researchers suspect the sharks hang out together because it may help ensure that the various individuals find prey.

“For some time we have known that sharks are capable of recognizing particular group mates and having social preferences,” said marine biologist and study co-author David Jacoby of the Institute of Zoology in London.

“Our study reveals for the first time that they are actually capable of maintaining social partners for multiple years. Further we offer a possible mechanism for such long-term social structure – namely that social groups likely operate as information centers from which individuals can follow one another to offshore feeding areas.”

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)