Two Unexploded Bombs Found in Moana Loa
Wed, April 21, 2021

Two Unexploded Bombs Found in Moana Loa

 

Kawika Singson went on a hike at Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii not knowing that this would lead to an unsettling discovery: two unexploded bombs from 1935. He immediately panicked and documented what he saw. “I got out of there, got out of the immediate area. I couldn’t believe I came across them,” he said. 

 

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Singson immediately reported his discovery to the officials from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). A few days later, the officials confirmed that the bombs were located in a remote area of the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve. It was found out that both of the small “pointer bombs” were intended to target a set of 20 MK I demolition bombs, each containing 355 pounds of TNT. While they contained only small charges and had yet to explode, the bombs are still dangerous.

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the bombs were part of the “bomb the volcano” strategy. While the volcano did explode after attempts in 1935 and 1942 and victory was declared, scientists still believe these were coincidences. The reason behind this strategy dates back to November 1935 when the volcano erupted and spewed lava into a growing pond to the north. The lava flowed toward the city of Hilo; this was dangerous because it would’ve cut off its water supply. 

 

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Thus, HVO founder and volcanologist Thomas A. Jagger Jr. suggested that the US Army Air Corps bomb the area to open up new flows of lava to divert the threat elsewhere. “Our purpose was not to stop the lava flow, but to start it all over again at the source so that it will take a new course,” he said. However, the strategy failed, making the bombs the remnants of a failed US Army attempt to divert lava flow. 

 

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