Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lava activity strong

I watched strong glow emanating from Halema’uma’u crater cam late last night.

Civil Defense personnel at the coastal viewing area reported a very strong new line of lava coming down the mountainside and on to the coastal flats, which was quite pronounced after dark from their new lava viewing area located on the edge of the broad coastal flats, or Pele’s playground as I like to call it.

Using one of USGS/HVO’s recent aerial images of the lower regions of new active surface lava I added some descriptive text to help explain a few things:(Click on the image for a larger size)

Deformation graphs continue recording a strong rise in magma pressures below the Kilauea Caldera and Pu`u O`U crater.

Best Lava Viewing:
After dark: Both the Halema’uma’u crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as seen from the Jaggar Museum balcony overlook - and - Hawaii County Civil Defense viewing area off the end of highway 130 near Kalapana/Kaimu .

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