Friday, June 4, 2010

Scattered surface flows on the lower coastal flats – No ocean entry lava

Three areas on the coastal flats off the end of highway 130 are hosting molten lava breakouts; one of which is looking like it may make it to the sea in the next 24 hours and restart the ocean entry. Another is in the old quarry vicinity, and yet another further out to the southwest. The whole lower coastal flats April-May lava fields are heating up again and fuming in areas that had cooled down previously.

The photos below contributed by Ron Boyle were taken early this morning along some burned out kipuka forest.

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: Very limited to views from highway 130 near Kalapana Gardens homes, or a walk to the very end of highway 130 to see where the 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 and some brush burning glow can possibly be seen.
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.

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