Mauna Loa Volcano Eruption

February 15, 2018
6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers


Community Forums will sponsor an update on Mauna Loa and Hualalai Volcanoes on Thursday, February 15 at West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  The primary speaker will be Geologist Frank Trusdell from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, who has studied our Hawaii Island volcanoes for decades.  With the alert level for Mauna Loa being upgraded in 2015 because of increasing seismic and inflation activity, it’s important to understand what the potential for eruptions might be. When Mauna Loa erupted in 1950, lava reached the South Kona coast in three flows that took 3 hours, 14 hours, and 18 hours.  Flows from Mauna Loa make up about half of Hawaii Island’s land mass.  Other speakers at the forum include Talmadge Magno, Administrator for  Hawaii County Civil Defense to talk about plans to inform the public when and if any eruptions are imminent and Jay Ignacio, President of Hawaii Electric Light Company, who will talk about how HELCO prepares in advance of such an event and how they would restore electric service after an eruption. Debbie Weeks, the Hawaii County Director for the Red Cross Disaster Services, will also be on hand to discuss Red Cross operations during a possible eruption as well.  The forum moderator will be Sherry Bracken, host of the weekly radio interview program Island Issues and a contributing reporter for Hawaii Public Radio.

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This forum took place on February 15, 2018, at 6pm at West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers.

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This event was moderated by:

Sherry Bracken
Hawaii Public Radio & New West Broadcasting

The event's featured speakers were:

Frank Trusdell
U.S. Geological Survey's Volcano Science Center
Talmadge Magno
Civil Defense Agency, County of Hawaii
Jay Ignacio
President of Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO)
Debbie Weeks
Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Services

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