Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pali lava continues glowing ~ Magma pressures flat

Breezes from the southwest are pushing sulfur dioxide fumes inland this morning. The composite image above was captured from the Jaggar Museum webcam at 10:00 AM this morning.

DI-Deflation/Inflation continues flat-lined at the zero line. This does not mean there is no magma pressure; it indicates a weakened and stable state of pressure beneath the Kilauea Caldera magma reservoirs.

Lava continues erupting from the TEB site near Pu`u O`o crater vent and is flowing through tubes for about two miles at which point it is surfacing on the edge of the broad pali at two widely separate locations: one along the western edge of old Royal Gardens subdivision, and another far east of there. The eastern breakout appears to have stalled last night, which should be of some relief to homeowners directly below in Kalapana Gardens. The western lava breakout was visible after dark last night; looking similar to, but not nearly as bright, as the photos I took of the area last week:

No actively flowing lava is reaching the ocean at this time, nor has it for about three weeks now; the longest pause by far in the 22 months it was flowing into the sea at Waikupanaha. Lava glow can still be seen after dark high up the mountain just below the cliffs and in the forest. Halema’uma’u continues putting on a nice evening glow from the crater’s pit vent, depending on wind direction for the toxic fumes coming from it.

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