Mauna Loa update presented

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Date: Monday, October 18, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo invites the public to an educational workshop concerning the status of Mauna Loa on Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 am to noon, at the Cooper Center in Volcano Village. The workshop will also discuss how to prepare for hazards that may occur in association with Mauna Loa’s re-awakening.

Scientists Jim Kauahikaua, Frank Trusdell, and Paul Okubo from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will give brief presentations about Mauna Loa and recent developments in tracking future Mauna Loa flows and what to expect from the next Mauna Loa eruption.

The last two eruptions of Mauna Loa were in 1975 and 1984. Both eruptions were preceded by large earthquakes (a magnitude 5.6 event seven months before the 1975 eruption and a 6.6 event four months before the 1984 eruption) that significantly affected the Volcano and golf course areas.

“Although there is no way we can be certain that the current swelling of Mauna Loa will cause a large earthquake, we can offer a number of suggestions on the many ways to mitigate earthquake damage to your home,” said Darcy Bevens, CSAV educational specialist. “The workshop will include a presentation by structural engineer Afaq Sarwar on how to retrofit your house to lessen the shearing effects of a large earthquake. In addition, presentations will be offered on a number of ways to secure interior furnishings against earthquake shaking.”

Educational and hands-on displays will be set up on the Cooper Center lanai, including a professional seismograph, emergency supply kit, and free literature to take home.

For more information, call the CSAV office at 974-7631. A smaller page describing earthquake mitigation is found at www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~nat_haz/earthmit/eq.html.


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