Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Surface flow advances through forest near viewing area

Spectators gathered at the County viewing area last night to witness the advancing lava, which is still glowing strong high on the Pulama Pali as well as close by on the coastal flats and within the kipuka forest only a thousand feet away.
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Video of the molten lava flowing down the Pulama Pali:

Lava Viewing Summary:
The most visual displays of active lava continue to be safely witnessed from the two designated public viewing areas:
1) The balcony outside the Jaggar Museum during the day and after dark. The Jaggar is located a few miles past the entrance gates of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is open to the public 24 hour a day, seven days a week.

2) The newly advancing surface flow can be watched from the Hawaii County Civil Defense public viewing area parking & trailhead, and even better from the designated viewing area at the end of a 2200-foot walk across uneven pahoehoe lava. (The viewing area is still warm from the October 23-26th. 2009 surface flow!). This surface flow is best seen after dark. Bring good footwear, some water and a flashlight if you plan to take the trail hike out to the county viewing area and stay after sunset. If you have binoculars bring those along. The viewing area is open to the public between the hours of 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM; last car allowed in is 8:00 PM – seven days per week

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