Volcano news & updates: Kilauea volcano (Big Island, Hawaii)
Kilauea volcano update: Pahoa resident builds diversion barrier
Thursday Oct 30, 2014 19:35 PM | BY: PO
County of Hawaii media image of lava flow reaching earth barrier in Pahoa village on Oct 29, 2014.
Prominent among other "hot topics" today, the Pahoa resident whose house is immediately in threat has constructed a 5m/15ft earth barrier to attempt to divert the lava around his house. While the legality of his action has come into question, local officials are stressing constructive dialog the unites, not divides, the community. However, as of this morning the lava has reached the barrier which still remains in place and began spreading around it. The earth barrier can be seen in the USGS photo in our previous post, as well as in the County images released this morning.
County of Hawaii media image of lava flow front in Pahoa village on Oct 29, 2014.
Other important developments are the arrival and deployment of 80 US National Guard who will work under the authority of the Police Department. These are local residents coming back to help their community as part of the supplementary force. Also, the power pole which has so far survived the lava flow has shown signs of burning but has been stabilized & reinforced with no loss of electricity to customers.
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
This afternoon, the lava flow continued to move through private property and gets ever closer to the Pahoa village road. The leading edge of the flow was advancing about 10 m (11 yd) per hour this afternoon. It flow moved downslope about 125 m (136 yd) over the past 24 hours. The flow width was less than about 50 meters (55 yards) at the leading edge. ... [more]
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
According to the latest report, the lava flow front is now 280 m/yds from Pahoa Village Road, averaging about 10 m/yds per hour. Lava has already consumed a few small agricultural structures, and there are perhaps 10-15 residences in its direct path on both sides of the road. Residents have been placed on an "evacuation notice" without being forced to leave, so that they can see what happens to their property and hopefully bring some emotional closure to the ordeal. [more]
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Today's preliminary reports from Pahoa indicate the lava flow is only advancing around 10m/hr after having consumed a small shack on private property, and is still threatening other structures nearby. The slowing comes as lava fills a small depression in the topography, with steeper ground and faster movement rates expected ahead. Based on current projections, the lava will most likely cross Pahoa Village Road sometime tomorrow, though with lots of uncertainty as there has been no increase yet in the flow's speed. ... [more]
Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
The lava front has now reached residential areas and moved closer to the first houses. One was at only 100 m distance last evening and is likely to become its first victim very soon. ... [more]