Scientists say eruption of Mauna Loa volcano continues to ease

Just days, ago, lava was full in the channels from the fissure 3 eruption on Mauna Loa’s Northeast Rift Zone. Over the past two days, the eruption output has greatly reduced, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Saturday. A pond of lava in the fissure 3 cone feeds short lava flows that extended only 1.6 miles from the vent. The channels below this point appear drained of lava and no longer feed the main flow front. (USGS image by K. Mulliken/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — The eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano continues to ease, scientists said Sunday, reinforcing an earlier pronouncement that the mountain’s first flare-up in nearly 40 years might soon end.