Friday, June 11, 2010

No active lava breakouts on coastal flats ~ Bright glowing lava orbs high on the pali

The small and scattered surface breakouts near the end of Highway 130 and down near the coast nearby have continued to stall and become simply hot-spots. The hot-spots can only be seen easily after dark and even then, only if within fifty feet; one such hot-spot is only 150 feet from the viewing area at the terminus of the highway, but can not be seen from there.

Over the past few days, by looking up northwest from the end of Highway 130 after dark, an ever growing line of orange-red lava can be seen slowing advancing over the very top edge of the mountain slopes above the Pulama pali and below the TEB eruption site. It looks possible that this advancing surface lava may begin a decent down the pali in the days ahead; perhaps bringing yet another surface lava flow to the coastal flats. It is too early to know if that is the case though.

Also viewed from along the end of 130 after dark, when low clouds are present, we have been seeing a broad reddish-orange glow above the distant Pu`u O`o crater, which according to USGS/HVO updates , has a lava lake ponding on the crater’s floor. The glow we see is this ponding lava reflecting up into the low clouds above it.

Meanwhile, the Halema’uma’u crater’s hot vent has been giving nighttime viewers a good show most nights as seen from the Jaggar Museum’s balcony. USGS reports that the broiling lava down inside the vent has been occasionally reaching ever-higher levels then receding back down the massive vertical tube.

Active lava viewing prospects for the public:
1) The Halema’uma’u crater has been degassing sulfur dioxide fumes by day and glowing strongly at times after dark from lava deep within the craters pit vent. Great views are from the Jaggar Museum balcony within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, depending on the weather; the park is open to the public 24 hours a day.

2) Coastal viewing: A one mile walk to the very end of highway 130 to possibly see a new surface flow of lava; this is the same location where lava came onto the highway there on May 5th, 2010. The lava fuming/degassing can be seen coming down the distant pali during the day. After dark lava glow can possibly be seen in two or three places high atop the mountain slopes.
Official viewing hours are from 2:00 PM until around 9:30 PM, with last car allowed in at 8:00 PM. The road is open to all traffic on all other hours.

In case you have not seen the movie trailer for my new feature length (84 minutes) lava flow movie, you can watch it below:

All video and stills used for the movie were recorded between April 14th and May 22nd, 2010 of a surface flow of lava moving down the Pulama Pali on the south slopes of Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawaii, eventually entering the ocean.

On the way towards the ocean the sprawling surface flow travels through two Hawaii County viewing areas, two forests and pours into the sea – all in spectacular fashion. The movie contains limited commentary and has original music and theme song, as well as four classic Hawaiian chants, which all honor the Volcano Goddess Pele.

Below is the 6 1/2 minute trailer for my movie as posted on YouTube - It is cropped for YouTube so some of the actual movie image & text will be partially cut off for this trailer: {To see this view box better I also have it placed at the bottom of this page or double-click it and watch it on YouTube}

Shot in full HD wide-screen, I have DVD’s ready to mail out now, to order a copy of the movie please email me at: -- It costs $20 locally and add $4 if you want one sent to the mainland – and worth every penny! :)
(And also... you may have noticed I don't have any outside advertising on this site at all-- so you would help me keep that tradition going by purchasing my lava DVD, and Mahalo Nui to those that already have!!! ;)

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