Friday, April 23, 2010

Molten lava continues a very slow march through the forest close to viewing area

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Surface lava is flowing through the kipuka directly adjacent and to the north-northwest of the County viewing area. The lava is mostly obscured by the trees and vegetation there, but further up the coastal flats and Pulama Pali beyond there remains some serious swaths of lava that stand out red & orange after dark.

Lava Viewing Summary:
Weather permitting; 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 the newly established gathering spot next to there. This area may become pretty exciting in the following days IF the lava close by continues its march through the kipuka forest and passes through, or nearby. 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.

Video of the molten lava flowing down the Pulama Pali:

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