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As it happened: Maunaloa's volcanic eruption

Published November 28, 2022 at 6:00 AM HST
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People watch lava from the Maunaloa volcano on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, near Hilo, Hawaiʻi. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

This coverage has now concluded. Check back here for a timeline of Maunaloa's eruption as it happened.

Summary of Maunaloa's 2022 eruption:

  • Maunaloa, one of Hawaiʻi Island's five volcanoes, began erupting on Nov. 27 after remaining inactive for 38 years.
  • Emergency teams set up two shelters for the community, both of which were eventually closed after being deemed unnecessary.
  • USGS predicted a "very high probability" that lava would cross the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, on Nov. 30.
  • As visitors flocked to the island to view the eruption, a Traffic Hazard Mitigation Route was created and served over 16,000 vehicles.
  • Hawaiʻi National Guard deployed 20 members to control increases in traffic.
  • Lava flow weakened on Dec. 8, and lessened the chances of crossing Saddle Road.
  • Officials announced Maunaloa, and its neighbor volcano Kīlauea, both inactive on Dec. 13.