By Mark Kaufman
As Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to spew lava into neighborhoods and eject foreboding plumes of dark ash into the sky, a nearby underwater volcano named Lo‘ihi patiently waits to rise above the surface.
Like all Hawaiian volcanoes, dead and alive, Lo‘ihi has grown steadily from the depths of the Pacific Ocean as lava spews from it and quickly cools, slowly adding more mass to the underwater mountain.
If Lo‘ihi keeps erupting lava, gradually building up its surface area, the active volcano could very well become Hawaii’s next Big Island volcano. It’s also possible that the volcano could even start its own, brand new Hawaiian island. …