Hawaii governor on Mauna Loa eruption: ‘Right now, we're not that concerned'

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with Hawaiian Gov. David Ige about the eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano and why he says residents and tourists shouldn't be concerned but should stay prepared.
3:58 | 11/29/22

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Transcript for Hawaii governor on Mauna Loa eruption: ‘Right now, we're not that concerned'
 THIS WILL LAST. LINDSEY? >> SO UNPREDICTABLE. MATT, OUR THANKS TO YOU. JOINING US NOW FROM OUR, IS THE GOVERNOR OF HAWAII. GOVERNOR, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT. MAUNA LOA IS SO LARGE, AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW, IT TAKES UP WOULD HALF OF THE BIG ISLAND. ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, HOW CONCERNED WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE ABOUT THE ERUPTION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW? >> I THINK THAT RIGHT NOW, WE'RE NOT THAT CONCERNED. IT'S ABOUT A THREE. AS YOU HAD NOTED, THE ERUPTIONS AND FISSURES ARE VERY HIGH UP ON MAUNA LOA, IN A VERY SPARSELY POPULATED AREA. IN FACT, THE REALLY IS NO COMMUNITY OR STRUCTURES ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THE FISSURES THAT ARE ERUPTING RIGHT NOW. >> ARE YOU CONCERNED, AS WE JUST HEARD FROM MATTHEW, WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT COULD LAST. AND WONDERING ABOUT THE IDEA THAT THE LAVA COULD EVENTUALLY THREATEN POPULATION AREAS AROUND -- OR ARE THEY SO FAR AWAY THAT THAT IS NOT EVEN REALLY TOP OF MIND? >> I DO THINK -- AND WE HAVE ASKED ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS TO REVIEW THE VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS PLANS. IT WILL DEFINITELY BE WEEKS BEFORE IT WOULD BE MOVING INTO ANY POPULATED AREAS. AND SO CERTAINLY, WE ARE ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO STAY POSTED, AND KEEP POSTED ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE ERUPTIONS. CERTAINLY, I WOULD JUST WANT TO LET OUR VISITORS KNOW IF YOU HAVE PLANNED A VACATION OR TRIP TO HAWAII ISLAND, THIS ERUPTION IS NO REASON TO CHANGE YOUR PLANS. THE ERUPTION IS OCCURRING IN A VERY ISOLATED PART OF HAWAII ISLAND. IT'S VERY FAR AWAY FROM ANY RESORT OR ANY AREAS THAT A VISITOR MIGHT BE GOING TO. >> THAT IS CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL TOURISTS TO HAVE. WE HAVE SEEN SOME FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS, AT LEAST TODAY. IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN? >> WE ARE CERTAINLY KEEPING OUR -- THE AIRLINES POSTED ON THE ACTIVITY. THE AIR QUALITY IS STILL VERY HIGH. THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT OF ASH THAT IS SPEWING FROM THE VOLCANO AT THIS POINT. WE ARE CERTAINLY INFORMING THOSE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS TO THE -- TAKE PRECAUTION, WHERE A MASK IF YOU ARE IN OR ON HAWAII ISLAND. CERTAINLY, THEY SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THE ERUPTION SITES AND FISHERS THAT ARE SPEWING LAVA. >> THE LAST TIME THAT MAUNA LOA ERUPTED WAS 40 YEARS AGO. I'M SURE YOU ARE A YOUNG MAN AT THAT TIME, BUT I'M CURIOUS IF YOU HAVE MEMORIES OF THAT, AND WHAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM THE LAST TIME THAT THIS ERUPTED. >> I ACTUALLY DID THE VISIT AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE TIME -- WHEN WE HAD MAUNA LOA AND MOUNT KILAUEA ERUPTING AT THE SAME TIME. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE MAUNA LOA ERUPTION MAKING ITS WAY DOWN THE SLOPES. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, IT WILL TAKE WEEKS IF NOT LONGER OF ERUPTIONS OCCURRING IN ORDER FOR THE NORTHEAST RIFT ZONE IRRUPTION TO REACH ANY KIND OF COMMUNITY, OR GET CLOSE TO ANY INFRASTRUCTURE. >> THAT IS CERTAINLY GOOD TO KNOW, AND WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. GOVERNOR DAVID EGAN OF HAWAII

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