What a hot and destructive month this has been down on the Big Island’s coastal flats of the Kalapana region: largest thrust of surface lava since 1990 for that area; first loss of an occupied home there since 1990.
(See my July 29th posting for comparisons of the two).
Above, Aunty Minnie Kaawaloa’s son surveys the molten lava razing the hala forest not far from the family home on the Hakuma escarpment. Lava has burned out many square acres of vegetation and old mango patches in this area and continues to seriously threaten not only the Kaawaloa’s but the entire Kalapana Gardens 20+ homes near by.
One thing that I think is helping to slow the advancement of lava further into the residential Kalapana Gardens, at least for the moment, is the drop in magma pressure below Kilauea Volcano, which likely is manifesting as a drop in lava pressure and movement throughout the entire eruption zone and tubing system for the lava.
EDIT August 1st,for the following 'NOTE' - Thanks to those that have supplied links or solutions to the computer problem that I posted below. I have temporarily resolved the issue:
NOTE: I am having some serious computer crashes and may not be able to continue with my updates until it is resolved. I may, though, be able to access another computer for brief updates. So if no updates appear you will know why ;)
If there are any computer techies out there that can help me with "NTLDR is missing" load problem, please email me at email@example.com - I can still get emails on another computer. (I have the recovery disks and stuff-- which is how I got on here, but it still crashes)