Mauna Loa Volcano Update, Magma at 2 Miles Depth, Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake -

At the present, magma is at a mere depth of 2 miles underneath Mauna Loa. And, On October 14th, the flank of this volcano produced two moderate magnitude earthquakes, the largest of which was a magnitude 5.0. So, does this mean that Mauna Loa is about to erupt? Why did these earthquakes occur? This will answer these two questions and give update on the Mauna Loa volcano.

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Graphics, tables, and images which contain eruption dates, lengths, and/or VEIs are sourced from (and sometimes courtesy of) the Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution (although sometimes with minor changes made by GeologyHub).
Citation: Global Volcanism Program, 2013. Volcanoes of the World, v. 4.11.2 (02 Sep 2022). Venzke, E (ed.). Smithsonian Institution. Downloaded 15 Oct 2022.

Source of Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) methodology and criteria: Newhall, C. G., and Self, S. (1982), The volcanic explosivity index (VEI) estimate of magnitude for historical volcanism, J. Geophys. Res., 87( C2), 1231– 1238, doi:10.1029/JC087iC02p01231. Accessed / Read on Oct 5 2022.

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0:00 Shallow Magma
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1:33 3 Types of Mauna Loa Earthquakes
1:39 Volcano Tectonic Earthquakes
1:58 Flexural Earthquakes
2:25 Decollement Earthquakes
2:49 Analysis
3:28 Conclusion

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