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Shield volcano 1277 m (4,190 ft)
Hawai'i, 19.41°N / -155.29°W
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Near-continuous eruptions. Since 1960: 1961 (4x), 1962, 1963 (2x), 1965 (2x), 1967-68, 1968 (2x), 1969, 1969-74, 1971 (2x), 1973 (2x), 1974 (3x), 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 (2x), 1983-2008 (ongoing)
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Dominantly effusive since 1790, but ~60% explosive over past ~2500 years.
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Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)

Kilauea volcano update: Lava slows, misses first homes for now

Samstag Sep 13, 2014 07:37 | VON: PO

Aerial photo by HVO of lava flow within 170m of Kaohe Homesteads.
Aerial photo by HVO of lava flow within 170m of Kaohe Homesteads.
Latest flow map and projection on September 12, 2014
Latest flow map and projection on September 12, 2014
Aerial photo looking downslope towards Pahoa (top center).
Aerial photo looking downslope towards Pahoa (top center).
HVO thermal image show areas of greatest activity on the lava flow.
HVO thermal image show areas of greatest activity on the lava flow.
HVO issued the 4th warning status update tonight:

"Between September 10 and 12, the June 27th flow advanced north-northeastward at an average rate of 250 m/day (820 ft/day). By the afternoon of September 12, the flow had advanced approximately 14.9 km (9.3 miles) straight-line distance from the vent, or to within 170 m (560 ft) of the boundary between the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve and the northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads. At the average rate of advancement of 250 m/day (820 ft/day) since September 10, we project that lava could flow from its current location into the northwest part of Kaohe Homesteads within a day, and to the Pāhoa Village Road (government road) in Pāhoa within 20 days" if there are no major changes.

As seen in the photograph and maps accompanying HVO's newest release, the lava flow is now at the same elevation as the corner of Kaohe Homesteads, missing it by 170 m (560 ft) and expected to move away downhill. These uphill homes seem to have been spared for now, but as the flow travels further downhill it's likely to come closer to other houses, with the district of Puna's biggest village and highway looming 3.1mi (5.0km) below. For now, it's a tempered bit of good news.

The slowing of the flow's advance has led to an adjustment in the official estimate for an impact on Pahoa village within 20 days. This could also be helpful, since the longer it takes, the bigger the chance the flow will be disrupted somehow. The June 27 flow hasn't shown an inclination to stop so far, if lava flows can be said to have personality... and it seems likely that the flow will speed up again within a few days in a natural cycle. Just as the village residents, we have no choice but to anxiously watch & wait.
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Freitag, Sep 12, 2014
HVO's latest update: ... [mehr]
Residents at the public lava flow meeting in Pahoa on September 11, 2014.
Freitag, Sep 12, 2014
At the public meeting held at Pahoa High & Intermediate School last night, officials presented the latest lava flow maps and projections following the flow's unexpected turn towards Pahoa town two days ago. HVO scientists reported that the steep slope has allowed to flow to continue moving quickly and that the new path puts it directly through the town of Pahoa in the range of 13-15 days. ... [mehr]
Freitag, Sep 12, 2014
HVO's latest warning status update issued yesterday: ... [mehr]
September 8, 2014 eruption map by USGS-HVO.
Dienstag, Sep 09, 2014
The latest updates from authorities show no significant change in the path of the lava flow, only advancement through the jungle away from houses, for now. ... [mehr]
Most recent flow map; blue lines are predicted flow directions from topography.
Samstag, Sep 06, 2014
Lava flows continue to advance downhill through the jungle on a path that will miss Kaohe Homesteads, having first entered and overtopped several large ground cracks on Kilauea volcano's east rift zone. The farthest lava front is now 13.3 km (8.3 miles) from the vent and 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the east boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, and moving northeast parallel to the boundary. ... [mehr]

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