Inflation of Mauna Loa says only a matter of time before it blows

  • During the ‘MAUNA LOA: What We Need to Know’ luncheon event Wednesday at Imiloa Astronomy Center in Moanahoku Hall, Hawaii County Civil Defense staff officer Barry Periatt talks about recommendations for evacuation should Mauna Loa erupt. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Although Mauna Loa will not erupt this week, all signs point to an upcoming eruption in the relatively near future.