THIS PAGE IS MEANT TO SUMMARIZE AND CHRONICLE CURRENT ACTIVITIES AND MEDIA
FROM ALL SOURCES. IT’S NOT MEANT TO BE A PRIMARY SOURCE FOR LAVA FLOW INFORMATION. RATHER, IT IS MEANT TO BE A RECORD FOR US TO SEE INFORMATION AT A “MACRO” LEVEL, AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE FOR FUTURE DISASTERS. Click HERE for info on my NEW Kilauea Caldera Activity post!
The current lava flow is focused on two areas on the east slope of Hawai’i Island. The activity at Pu’uo’o crater was VERY active from last September, thru November and then the lava re-routed itself in February and has since been mildly active and has not pushed lava any further than about 5 miles from the Pu’uo’o crater. Thusly, activity has seeminly shifted more to Kiluea summit, to the crater inside Kilauea Caldera, a smaller crater called Halema’uma’u. [Think of it as a hole within a hole, within a hole.] The vent hole in Halema’uma’u has filled up with lava this past week and begun spilling out onto the floor of the crater. See the link above to see more about the current activity (april 2015.)
Keep reading if you want to know more about the 2014 activity that threatened Pahoa Town. That flow originated on June 27th and broke out on the north flank of Pu’u’o’o vent on the side of Kilauea Volcano here on the Big Island in Hawai’i. The flow has moved east and north and threatens the residential and commercial areas in the Puna region. Pahoa town is in the direct path, or so the experts say, and two subdivisions lie downslope from Pahoa and are also threatened.
Lastly, I wanted to provide an animation for the current activity that I briefly described above (April 2015 Halema’uma’u vent flow) here:
Below is the last update in November (the last time it threatened houses) and includes info from various gov’t agencies here on Hawai’i Island (Hawaii Volcano Observatory, Hawaii County Civil Defense, The office of County Councilman Greggor Ilagan, among others), some pictures from those of us at a safe and legal vantage point, and also a link to stories and progress as we go through this lava flow event.
Links/Sources of Info Provided Below
Harry Durgin’s amazing Kilauea Update page (he gathers data from the sources below and creates graphs and other visual representations of the activity for the lava and it’s source): http://harrysserver.com/lava.html
Hawaii Volcano Observatory (US Geological Survey & Volcanoes National Park): http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/
Hawai’i County Civil Defense: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/
Puna Recovery Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/PunaReliefGroup/
Big Island Video News: http://www.bigislandvideonews.com
“This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Friday November 7th at 8:00AM
This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front remains stalled with very little activity and has not advanced over the past week. The flow pad continues to show signs of inflation which could result in breakouts and more activity. The front remains approximately 480 feet from the Pahoa Village Road. The upslope breakouts remain approximately .7 to 1.5 miles above the Apa’a Street area and along the north side of the flow and moving in a north/northeast direction. Active burning along the flow edges in the areas of the cemetery and above the transfer station continues and limited to the vegetation in contact with the flow. The smoke from the active burning may be visible throughout the day however there is no brush fire threat at this time.
Smoke conditions are light with variable winds winds. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.
Although current flow activity has decreased, the evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.
The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.”
Here is a Youtube video provided by Big Island Video News showing the road work as seen from a tour helicopter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvgeDQ2UmS8#t=250
Lava Flow GIF 11/04 to 11/8
LAVA FLOW Animation Progression (Sept.1 to Oct. 3rd)
LAVA FLOW Animation Progression (Thru Oct 22nd)
Various Images by Residents and Businesses
If you have any information/media to add to this page, either comment below, or post to the Puna Relief Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/punadisasterandrelief/