Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: Lava pressure returns, flows reestablish pathways
Dienstag Sep 30, 2014 19:31 | VON: PO
Aerial view of lava flow system on September 29, 2014 by USGS-HVO.
Latest eruption map.
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.
Screen capture of Kilauea tilt signal on September 30, 2014.
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.
Donnerstag, Sep 25, 2014
In the past few days, the front of the lava flow heading towards Pahoa has stalled its forward progress. There is still lava activity at a decreased level, but this is only widening the lava field instead of advancing further. ... [mehr]
Freitag, Sep 19, 2014
Official releases from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory over the past 48 hours indicate the lava flow is now advancing at a rate of 290m (960 ft) per day and has narrowed once again, after spreading out and slowing down for several days. ... [mehr]
Mittwoch, Sep 17, 2014
Pu'u 'O'o's "June 27th flow" continues to advance at a rate around 215m (705ft) per day through vacant forest, but has crossed the Forest Reserve boundary as it continues to skirt downhill of the nearest homes. ... [mehr]
Samstag, Sep 13, 2014
HVO issued the 4th warning status update tonight: ... [mehr]
Freitag, Sep 12, 2014
HVO's latest update: ... [mehr]