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Coast Guard aircrews conduct fly-over Hawaii volcano Mauna Loa

Coast Guard aircrews conduct fly-over Hawaii volcano Mauna Loa
Archive image: Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point aircrews conduct flight formations in the soon to be retired HC-130H Hercules airplane.
The HC-130H model has been assigned to the unit since 1959 and is being replaced by the HC-130J Super Hercules model.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Handlin.

HONOLULU — The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island, is erupting for the first time since 1984.

The eruption began in Moku’āweoweo, the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, on Sunday at approximately 11:30 p.m. HST, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory; though lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, there is no indication of a threat to nearby communities at this time.

U.S. Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a call from Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency with a request for support from an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules to conduct an aerial observation flight of the eruption with partners from the U.S. Geological Survey and official’s from the State and County,” said Lt. Eric Juback, D14 command duty officer. “The Coast Guard values these inter-agency relationships and stands ready to support emergency operations across the Hawaiian Islands if capable.”

Upon receiving the request, a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point conducted a fly-over with Mayor Mitch Roth, Hawaii Civil Defense Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and other state and county officials to assess the situation. Video footage was taken from the HC-130 at that time showing the progression of the lava flow.​

The world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island, is erupting for the first time since 1984.
The eruption began in Moku’āweoweo, the summit caldera of Mauna Loa, on Sunday at approximately 11:30 p.m. HST, according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory; though lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, there is no indication of a threat to nearby communities at this time.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Graham.
U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific.
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.
Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
U.S. Coast Guard Airsta Barbers Point.
Department of Homeland Security.

Portions of the Big Island are under an ashfall advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu. As a precaution, shelters have been opened at Kekuaokalani Gym, Kailua Park in Kona and Robert Herkes Gym in Pahala.​

For up-to-date information, visit Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense

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