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Eruption update:
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Sat, 20 Dec 15:52
Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to advance downslope toward the Pahoa Marketplace. This photo is of a small breakout from the edge of the inflated flow several hundred meters (yards) back from the active front. (HVO)
Advancement of the flow continued at a slower rate, compared ...more [read all]
Fri, 19 Dec 09:36
Aerial view from the NE towards the approaching lava flow front near Pahoa (HVO)
The lava flow is now less than 1 km (0.7 mi) from the Pahoa marketplace. During yesterday's overflight, it was seen that had advanced about 340 m during the previous 24 hours. ...more [read all]
Wed, 17 Dec 12:33
Map of the lava flow near Pahoa as of yesterday
HVO reported that the active branch of the June 27th lava flow remains very active and advanced at an average of 285 meters per day. ...more [read all]
Tue, 16 Dec 10:46
Lava flow map as of yesterday (USGS)
The active lava lobe that has been advancing along the northern flow margin of the lava flow that had entered Pahoa in Nov, but then stopped, continues to advance towards the town and is now only approx. 1700 m away from the commercial center of the town. ...more [read all]
Fri, 12 Dec 15:09
Map of thhe lava flow near Pahoa as of 9 Dec (HVO)
The lava flow continues to advance slowly towards Pahoa, but there is no immediate threat at the moment. ...more [read all]
Fri, 5 Dec 16:46
Map showing the location of the new lava flow finger headed north (HVO/USGS)
The new lava flow finger from the 27 June flow continues to advance towards Pahoa and is now approx. 4 km (2.5 miles) above the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130, near the Pahoa Marketplace. ...more
Wed, 3 Dec 18:09
The new lava lobe continues to advance and widen. As of this morning, it was only 4.3 km (2.7 miles) from Highway 130. A surge in lava supply resulted in an advance rate of 400 m per day! ...more
Mon, 24 Nov 19:29
USGS-HVO/NASA image of active flow areas on November 22, 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.
USGS-HVO photo of lava activity escaping crack system more than 3mi/5km from Pahoa village on November 19, 2014.
Wed, 19 Nov 18:51
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).
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.
USGS-HVO visible and infrared image of lava flows leaking above lava tube as surge moves through on November 17, 2014.
USGS-HVO update map showing breakout locations from lava tube relative to recent activity.
Thu, 13 Nov 19:57
USGS-HVO photo of active lava flow areas on November 12, 2014.
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 [read all]

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