|Volcano's 'Ohi'a Lehua Runs drew 135 competitors to the half-marathon and 169 to the 5K on Saturday|
as the opening event of the Experience Volcano Hawai'i two-day festival. Photo from Experience Volcano
VOLCANO'S 'OHI'A LEHUA RUNS' results are out for the Half-Marathon and 5K. The kickoff event on Saturday for Experience Volcano Hawai'i Festival saw Egor Gavrilov of Clearfield, Utah take the Half-Marathon in one hour, 21 minutes and 24 seconds. He was followed by David Collier, of Hilo in 1:23:01 and Patrick Stover, of Kailua-Kona in 1:25:15.
The 5K winner was River Brown, of Hilo in 18:24, followed by Austin Mohica, of Hilo in 18:35 and Alec Ankrum, of Holualoa in 18:57.
The women's winner was Stephanie Miadinich of Hilo in 21:53, followed by Shaney Ha'a of Keaau in 23.28 and Sofia Mattix, of Kailua-Kona in 23:45. The 5K drew 169 competitors.
See all the age group division winners at https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-66237?lc=en
|This map shows the location of the Wahapele vent (star) and lava flow (red) on Hualālai volcano. The approximate boundary between Hualālai and Mauna Loa is indicted by a dashed line. The lava flow extends 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) farther into the ocean. The inset map shows the entire Island of Hawaiʻi, with approximate volcano boundaries indicated with a thick grey line. All eruptions since 1800 are shaded grey, with the exceptions of Kīlauea’s 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption (blue) and Hualālai's recent eruptions (1800-1801 and earlier, in peach). Geology is from Sherrod and others (2021).|
Hualālai erupts much less often than its neighbors, with centuries rather than years or decades separating eruptions. The most recent documented activity was an earthquake swarm in 1929, which likely corresponded to an intrusion of magma into the volcano. Its most recent eruption occured in 1800–01, and the erupted lava flows from 1800–01 underlie almost the entire Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole. Future eruptions from Hualālai may pose a direct threat to Kailua-Kona and the surrounding communities.
Another geologically recent Hualālai eruption was the Wahapele eruption, which likely occurred sometime between 1200 and 1400 AD. We do not know how long the Wahapele eruption lasted, but based on similar eruptions in Hawaiʻi, it probably lasted a few weeks to months, but probably not more than a few years.
The source of this eruption was Wahapele crater, a vent on the south flank of Hualālai at 1,540 meters (5,053 feet) elevation. The eruption started with the building of the Wahapele spatter cone. It grew to be about 700 meters (765 yards) across—slightly smaller than Maunaulu—with a shallow slope. During this first phase there were a few short lava flows, both ʻaʻā and pāhoehoe.
The eruption then turned violent. Part of the cone collapsed, similar to how part of Puʻuʻōʻō collapsed in 2018. However, unlike what happened at Puʻuʻōʻō, at Wahapele, this collapse led to an explosive phreatic eruption. A phreatic eruption happens when magma mixes with and heats groundwater to steam, causing an explosion, or more often, a series of explosions. It is unclear how long this phase of the eruption lasted—it could have been a few days or longer. A similar eruption at Kīlauea in 1924 lasted 18 days.
|Hualālai summit. Photo from SOEST|
On land, the vent area and lava flows from the Wahapele eruption cover slightly more than Kīlauea’s 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption. It is about three-quarters the area of the 1800–1801 eruption, and is the third largest known for Hualālai in terms of area covered. A caveat: most older flows are at least partially covered by more recent flows, so we do not know their full extent—some flows may be much more extensive than their mapped extent, and could be bigger than the Wahapele eruption.
Compared to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, Hualālai poses a different challenge for monitoring changes in activity. Hualālai’s magma chamber sits 20–30 km (12–19 miles) beneath the surface, about 10 times deeper than the magma chambers of Kīlauea or Mauna Loa. Magma chambers this deep rarely cause surface deformation, so there may not be much warning prior to an earthquake swarm triggered by magma moving to the surface. Evidence from the 1800–01 eruption suggest that magma can move from depth to the surface in less than a day. While this is a worst case scenario, it is good to be prepared in case of any hazardous event, including eruptions, hurricanes, floods, or fires. We currently do not see any indication of volcanic unrest at Hualālai, but we encourage residents to subscribe to the Volcano Notification Service to stay informed.