Scientists reported on Sunday that the Mauna Loa volcano’s eruption has continued to subside, supporting a previous assertion that the mountain’s first eruption in nearly 40 years would soon end.
According to Ken Hon, the U.S. scientist in charge, “We have positive news to report.” delivering a briefing at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, the Geological Survey.
At this point, the eruption is still at a very low level.
Hon said that the entire eruption was contained within the volcano’s cinder cone.
According to the USGS, a modest amount of light could be seen through a cone vent at night, although the lava appears to have been drained from the channels below that vent.
According to the agency, the lava flow’s inactive front may slowly move northward as it settles.
Hon claimed that Kilauea, which is nearby, has now achieved a “complete halt,” with its lava lake stagnant and crusted over, and that Mauna Loa’s eruption appeared to be slowing down.
After being silent for 38 years, Mauna Loa started spewing molten rock on November 27.
People who have experienced previous eruptions were nervous as they watched the dazzling show, which attracted spectators.
The update on Sunday came after experts downgraded the volcano’s alert status from a warning to a watch and predicted that the eruption might be nearing its end.