Volcano alarm sounded, but nobody listened
Clark’s Big Isle
“You may bring a horse to the river, but he will drink when and what he pleaseth.”
—George Herbert, 1640.
HILO.—In early 1975, Drs. Donald Peterson and Donald Mullineaux, volcanologists, issued a report, “Volcanic Hazards on the Island of Hawaii.” If reaction had come in a theater, the audience would have booed.
Peterson was scoffed at by Big Island real estate agents and tourist industry leaders. Mayor Herbert Matayoshi jumped on the bandwagon and castigated the scientists for unduly alarming residents, potential visitors and prospective investors.
As a result, the report was largely ignored. Continue reading