Seismograph of an earthquake on Mauna Loa with detail

When: Mon. Feb. 29, 2016, 5 p.m.
Where: NELHA Gateway Center
Presenter: Paul Okubo, Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Seismic monitoring at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to detect and track patterns of earthquake activity that foreshadow eruptions at both Kilauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes. Elevated levels of seismicity recently noted beneath Mauna Loa, along with suggestive patterns of measured ground surface deformations, suggest that the volcano is at an elevated level of unrest. HVO geophysicist Paul Okubo will discuss the current seismic state of Mauna Loa, as well as seismological observations that HVO has keyed on in the past to issue eruption forecasts.

Paul Okubo is a research geophysicist with the US Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory. From 1989 to 2004 he was also the manager of HVO's seismic network. He studies how seismological processes related to active volcanism. He is also interested in the automated detection and location of seismic sources; precise relocation of earthquake hypocenters; seismic tomography; and earthquake source physics.

After the presentation, we will have pupus, drinks, and conversation. We are informal and it is potluck, so please bring a pupu and non-alcoholic beverage to share. Reusable plates and cups are encouraged, as is taking home your own trash.

5:00-5:15 p.m. Gather and Networking
5:15-6:15 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
6:15-7:30 p.m. More Networking, pupus

Video from the event:

Mauna Loa from Whitney Seismic Vault

NELHA Gateway Center