Will Mauna Kea Ever Erupt?


Snow covered majestic Mauna Kea

Maya Anderson, Reporter

In the Hawaiian language, “Mauna Kea” means “White Mountain.” Mauna Kea right now is a dormant volcano and will likely erupt again. Mauna Kea last erupted about 4,500 years ago. A few earthquakes beneath Mauna Kea could signal an eruption that may happen within a short amount of time. But groups of earthquakes do not always result in an eruption. Sensitive telescopes on the top of Mauna Kea could detect minute ground tilts that could possibly be followed by an eruption.

The first and only time I’ve been to Mauna Kea was back in February. I went up with my cousins, uncle, aunty, parents, brother and my grandparents. It was super cold when we were playing in the snow and our hands got frozen. It was the first time for me, my brother and my two cousins to be in actual snow. We didn’t go all the way to the top because my younger cousin was with us. The snow wasn’t fresh so it was hard and compacted together.

When we went back down to the Mauna Kea Visitor Center, there were trucks that were full of fresh snow parked next to us. My cousins and I grabbed a little bit of their snow, and it was super fluffy and light, unlike the snow that we found which was the total opposite. I wish we went to the top to go into the fresh snow that didn’t have rocks in it and was nice and soft.

Hopefully we will go back to Mauna Kea sometime soon and this time get to go all the way to the top. Still the experience was amazing and the view driving up was breath taking.


Cite: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanoes/maunakea/main.html