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Volcanoes Today, 30 Sep 2014: Kilauea volcano

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 21:00 PM |
Aerial view of lava flow system on September 29, 2014 by USGS-HVO.
Aerial view of lava flow system on September 29, 2014 by USGS-HVO.
Kilauea (Hawai'i): Following several days of increased pressure at Kilauea's summit, lava activity is picking up on the June 27th flow with new flows continuing to move to the north, on a pathway leading slightly away from the town of Pāhoa for now.

Lava activity is present wherever the pressure has caused "leaking" from the lava tube system, not only close to the stalled front but also farther "upstream". However, the fact that there is plenty of lava returning to the flow front indicates that this pathway remains open, and the flow will most likely gain momentum and pick up speed over the next several days.

The threat is not past for Pāhoa, but this is certainly a positive development for the small town. The threat to the county highway continues although delayed, and work continues on several bypasses through the lower communities while work on the Chain of Craters road has been underway for about a week. New routes for power lines are also under development, so that the impact will theoretically be minimized once the lava does eventually cut off the highway. Several small private schools have already closed due to the uncertainty, but most everyone else continues to watch and wait.
Previous news
Subsidence of the Bardarbunga caldera and earthquakes since 12 Sep  (IMO)
Monday, Sep 29, 2014
Bardarbunga (Iceland): (28 Sep) Eruptive activity at the Holuhraun fissure remains stable. The lava flows continue to expand towards the north and particularly to the east, now over a snow-covered landscape as winter conditions set in. ... [more]
In a screen grab from a YouTube video, hikers flee from Ontake on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Japan.
Sunday, Sep 28, 2014
Ontake-san (Honshu): (28 Sep) Yesterday's eruption might have caused more than 30 fatalities, Japanese press reports. Most of them were apparently killed by heart and respiratory failure after inhaling ash when caught in the outer areas of a pyroclastic flow or ash cloud descending the mountain. ... [more]
Pyroclastic flow during Ontake volcano's eruption today (Asahi.com)
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
On-take (Honshu): A large explosive eruption occurred at Japan's second highest volcano today at 11:53 local time. An explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 4 km and a large pyroclastic flow that swept down the southwestern flank. ... [more]
Strombolian eruption today from Stromboli's NW vent (INGV Catania)
Friday, Sep 26, 2014
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): (25 Sep) Strombolian explosions have returned to the summit vents, although so far, these have been rare and small. At the same time, the effusive eruption with lava flow emission from the vent at 650 m a.s.l. at the northern base of the crater terrace complex continues with little changes. ... [more]
Webcam view of the eruption this evening (Mila webcam)
Thursday, Sep 25, 2014
Bardarbunga (Iceland): No significant changes have occurred at the ongoing eruption in Holuhraun and the seismic crisis. The eruption itself continues with steady, very large lava output and is on its way to become the largest event in the past 150 years on Iceland. ... [more]

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