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Monday, Nov 24, 2014
USGS-HVO/NASA image of active flow areas on November 22, 2014.
USGS-HVO photo of lava activity escaping crack system more than 3mi/5km from Pahoa village on November 19, 2014.
To present, USGS-HVO and County of Hawai`i report that lava has reoccupied the tube system only as far as the cracks near the old geothermal well site (recognized as a clearing in the thicker forest in photographs). From there, it has spilled out and is forming a new flow lobe farther west from the previous one which stopped just short of Pahoa Village Road and that now appears to be hardening without further advance. The current front is now 5.8km/3.6mi upslope from Apa`a St measured in a straight line, which means Pahoa has escaped its most urgent threat. The county is reopening the Pahoa Village Road today, previously blocked off as the power company reenforced their poles with huge piles of rock, which they have now removed again to allow the flow of traffic. While it's possible that the new flow could turn towards the outskirts of Pahoa again, it took the previous flow 7 weeks to reach Apa`a St and it's reasonable to expect a similar timeline again, keeping in mind that another flow front may develop near the breakout site nearby Pu`u Kahauale`a and divert much of the lava that could otherwise head to Pahoa. The next several days of lava activity should give some hint of an answer to the question. Finally, it may be noteworthy that there has been increased earthquake activity south of the caldera, with a 3.6 and 3.3 felt by area residents in the past 3 days.
Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014
Largest breakout point from lava tube near the forested hill Pu`u Kahauale`a, 1.6km/1.0mi from Pu`u `Ō`ō, on November 17, 2014 (USGS-HVO).
USGS-HVO visible and infrared image of lava flows leaking above lava tube as surge moves through on November 17, 2014.
A new surge of lava over the past 2-3 days is moving through and leaking from lava tubes that until recently were feeding the eruption front in Pahoa village. Prior to the surge, the lava flow's forward progress had stalled once again with the little remaining activity both widening and inflating the flow field. It remains to be seen how far this surge can move through the pre-existing lava tube towards Pahoa, having so far travelled "about 11 km (7 mi) in a straight line distance downslope of Pu`u `Ō`ō" according to the County of Hawai`i and USGS-HVO. [read all
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
USGS-HVO photo of active lava flow areas on November 12, 2014.
Latest update map from USGS-HVO showing the quickening lava flow branch.
An upper branch of the active lava flow has advanced roughly 375m/400yds over the past 2-3 days to within 300m/325yds of Apaʻa Street, on the other side of the recycling & waste transfer station. ...more
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
Lava flows across the fence at Pahoa transfer staion on November 10, 2014.
Lava flows across the fence at Pahoa transfer staion on November 10, 2014.
Yesterday, lava flowed across the fence at the Pahoa transfer staion, a recycling and waste facility at the edge of town and across the street from the first residence which burned the day before. USGS-HVO reports that lava is currently filling the low area around the center of the facility, which had already been largely dismantled and relocated. ...more
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
County of Hawaii media image of burning house on November 10, 2014 on the outskirts of Pahoa village.
Latest update map from USGS-HVO showing lava near transfer station on November 10.
Today lava reached and burned an unoccupied home on private property near the transfer station on Apa`a Rd. Lava first flowed nearby on October 25, with the front approximately 50m/yds wide and 75m/yds away from the residence. The main flow went by, and after stalling near Pahoa Village Rd has widened upslope and nearby the transfer station. ...more
Saturday, Nov 08, 2014
USGS-HVO image of breakout widening flow field on November 6, 2014 near Pahoa village.
HVO's latest update details the areas of continuing activity as the flow field thickens and widens: ...more
Thursday, Nov 06, 2014
Updated map of the lava flow in Pahoa as of 5 Nov 2014 local time (HVO)
The lava flow in Pahoa has not advanced at its leading edge and only minor breakouts have enlarged it at its sides. ...more
Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014
Updated map of the lava flow in Pahoa as of 3 Nov 2014 (no major changes until early 5 Nov))
USGS staff from HVO measured the lava flow yesterday and reported that "the leading edge of the flow has not advanced since last Thursday, October 30, but the flow continued to inflate, and minor breakouts were scattered across the flow interior behind the flow front. ...more
Monday, Nov 03, 2014
Latest update map from USGS-HVO showing widening of the flow field, with no advance of its closest point to Pahoa village.
Over the past few days, there has been no advance of the lava flow front towards residences in Pahoa, though active lava continues to break out from the margins of the flow behind its farthest reach. Luckily no residences have burned so far because of this slow-down, but locals await the seemingly inevitable pressure surge which will come from somewhere on the flow in the near future.
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
County of Hawaii media image of lava flow reaching earth barrier in Pahoa village on Oct 29, 2014.
County of Hawaii media image of lava flow front in Pahoa village on Oct 29, 2014.
Prominent among other "hot topics" today, the Pahoa resident whose house is immediately in threat has constructed a 5m/15ft earth barrier to attempt to divert the lava around his house. While the legality of his action has come into question, local officials are stressing constructive dialog the unites, not divides, the community. However, as of this morning the lava has reached the barrier which still remains in place and began spreading around it. The earth barrier can be seen in the USGS photo in our previous post, as well as in the County images released this morning. ...more
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