Thursday, December 2, 2010

~ Surface flows continue at 2000-foot elevation ~ No active coastal lava ~

Venus and a crescent moon rose together this morning just before dawn. Photo taken out my bedroom window with 500mm lens.(Click for larger view size to see the stars too)

Last night from Kalapana Gardens: looking up the Pulama Pali we could see the same type of red-orange reflective lava glow as the previous two nights, as well as some actual lava showing on the surface at around the 1200-foot elevation or higher. I did not photograph this view.

Otherwise eruptive conditions are about the same as I posted yesterday, including USGS’s report.

The Hawaii County lava viewing area remains open daily from 2:00 PM until around 9:30 PM.
-- During the day visitors can walk the viewing road and see the still very hot, shiny and extensive lava fields and the burned out roofs of two homes sadly destroyed recently. By night, weather & eruption depending, the reflective lava can be seen glowing high atop Pulama Pali.
Phone Janguard onsite security from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM for further information: 430-1966 OR 217-2215.

Meanwhile, up in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Halema’uma’u crater continues erupting 450-feet down inside the craters floor pit vent: sulphur dioxide plume stream by day, which often glows dramatically orange red after dark. The park is open 24-hours a day seven days per week.

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