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Old 10-23-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Explanation from USGS as to why flow front has advanced:

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:55 PM HST
Lava continues to erupt at a low discharge rate from Puʻu ʻŌʻō into the June 27th flow lava tube.

The distal portion of the June 27th lava flow was mapped this afternoon by HVO scientists via helicopter. The length of the flow at that time was 17.9 km (11.1 mi) as measured in a straight line, and 20.8 km (12.9 mi) as measured along the axis of the flow.

A narrow finger of lava less than 50 m (55 yd) wide overtook the flow front in the past 2 days, moving 370 m (405 yd) since Monday. Today the flow was moving downslope in a small gully, which increased this particular flow's advance rate from about 80 m/day (87 yd/day) during the previous week to as much as 300 m/day (330 yd/day) at times during the past 2 days. The flow is continuing to follow the steepest-descent path toward Pāhoa as shown on lava flow maps.

The previous flow front just upslope of this new flow has also advanced downslope at a rate of about 40 m/day (44 yd) during the past 2 days.

The leading edge of the narrow flow is about 1.0 km (0.6 mi) upslope from Apaʻa St. along the steepest-descent path and 0.8 km (0.5 mi) upslope from the closest point along Apaʻa St. in a straight line.

Daily updates about Kīlauea's ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, and data about recent earthquakes are posted on the HVO Web site at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

Our next overflight is scheduled for Friday. A new status report will be posted as warranted.
HVO Kilauea Status


During most of the night, there has been a heavy smell of burning forest present in the air, in areas to the Southeast of the flow.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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Civil Defense Alert for Thursday 10/23 - The breakout flow is now advancing very quickly, and is currently only about .3 miles from Apa'a Street

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ERUPTION INFORMATION UPDATE FOR 10/23/14 AT 8:45 AM

This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Thursday October 23rd at 8:45 am

This morning’s assessment shows that the narrow finger that was advancing along the south edge of the flow has advanced approximately 425 yards since yesterday. This new flow front is active and moving in a northeast direction. Currently the leading edge of the advancing flow is approximately .3 miles from the Apa’a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station. There was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate. There is no brush fire threat at this time.

Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time. Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

With the change in flow activity and advancement, Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will be closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.


The public is reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.

County of Hawaii - Civil Defense Alerts and Information
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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The HVO map from yesterday clearly shows the narrow finger of lava advancing past the stalled main front. According to the Civil Defense alert this morning, the distance to Apa'a Street has been halved since yesterday, so it seems like it must be close to the transfer station now. Too bad we don't have a more current view.



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Old 10-23-2014, 02:18 PM
 
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Thursday 10/23 For those who find the map version easier to understand than the satellite view, here's that same lava image in the map view. Notice the "finger" of new flow is now right on a blue line they use to show where the steepest descent path is.



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Old 10-23-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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Thursday 10/23 Here's an aerial photo looking southwest toward the flow from above the north end of Pahoa.

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A wider view of the flow front, showing its proximity to Apaʻa St. and the transfer station. The vent for the June 27th lava flow is on Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, which can be seen in the upper right portion of the photograph. The residential area in the lower left corner is in the western portion of Pāhoa.


And here's the high-def version.



HVO Photos & Video
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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OD and MDOD,
Given that Kilauea began it's current eruption on January 3, 1983, that being exactly 11,616 days ago, and has been spewing forth Pele's nastiest uninterrupted since that date, do you two intend to continue re-posting the same data from the USGS website for an additional 11,616 days, uninterrupted???? That would mean posting the same daily copies from the USGS until August 12, 2046.


Just,,, uuurrrpppp, scuze me, curious
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:36 PM
 
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OD and MDOD,
Given that Kilauea began it's current eruption on January 3, 1983, that being exactly 11,616 days ago, and has been spewing forth Pele's nastiest uninterrupted since that date, do you two intend to continue re-posting the same data from the USGS website for an additional 11,616 days, uninterrupted???? That would mean posting the same daily copies from the USGS until August 12, 2046.
I really hope not, JJ. This specific event, referred to by the vulcanologists at USGS/HVO as the June 27 flow, sure better be over long before then.

I started this thread about the June 27 flow in August when it started to threaten people's homes, and people started being concerned about what would happen next. People started to looking at all kinds of different info sources, somewhat in a panic, trying to find the RIGHT information. I thought it would be helpful and interesting to some readers, especially those who were not in harm's way, to have a single place they could look here for an update, no matter where that update information happened to come from. And so I pressed on...

Along the way what developed organically was an accidental but possibly useful archive of whatever seemed important each day as the flow proceeded. So I kept it up, and people reminded me regularly that they appreciated it.

So when it was suggested by someone who has a negative attitude toward me that I stop posting in this thread because the front had stalled, I just thought "Why do that? Haven't we learned by now that these things are unpredictable?." And sure enough, a couple of days later we're off and running again.

Besides, anyone who doesn't want to read this thread can easily just skip right over it. I don't know why this simple concept is so hard for some people to comprehend.

If you don't want to read it, don't read it. Simple, eh?

Same with everything I write on City Data. If you don't want to read it, don't read it. No hay problema. (There isn't a problem.)

OpenD

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Old 10-23-2014, 11:46 PM
 
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The Star-Advertiser was a little more breathless...

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Lava about third of a mile from Pahoa

Lava moved closer to Pahoa on Thursday, prompting the closure of Apaa Street near the Pahoa Waste Transfer Station.

The lava flow heading toward Pahoa picked up speed as it moved down a gully overnight. The lava is now just .3 miles from Apaa Street on the outskirts of Pahoa.The county closed Apaa Street and Cemetery Road between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road Thursday morning because of the lava's approach.But officials said the lava is not an immediate threat to homes at this time and no evacuations have been ordered.

Civil Defense officials also began round-the-clock monitoring of the flow.

An overflight of the flow Thursday morning showed a narrow finger of lava moved 425 yards downhill since Wednesday, a Hawaii County Civil Defense message said. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists said Wednesday night that the flow is moving in a small gully, which has increased the rate of descent. The lava finger is about 55 yards wide and had been advancing at a rate of about 87 to 300 yards per day at times over the past three days. It overtook the wider, former flow front Wednesday. The former flow front has been advancing at a rate of about 44 yards a day and is a little more than a half-mile from Apaa Street.

Scientists released new ground-level video of activity at the flow front and aerial video of the front Wednesday night.

Ground view of lava flow front - YouTube

Lava flow front on Wednesday, Oct. 22 - YouTube

Lava about third of a mile from Pahoa - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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Civil Defense alert for Friday 10/24. After being stalled for days, only last weekend, the lava is now moving very rapidly.

ERUPTION INFORMATION UPDATE FOR 10/24/14 AT 7:45 AM

This is an eruption and lava flow Information Update for Friday October 24th at 7:45 am

This morning’s assessment shows that the flow has advanced approximately 300 yards since yesterday. This flow front is active and moving in a northeast direction. Currently the leading edge of the advancing flow is approximately 250 yards from the Apa’a Street area near the Pahoa Transfer Station. There was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate. There is no brush fire threat at this time.

Civil Defense and Public Safety personnel will be conducting door to door notifications of residents in the down slope areas of Pahoa Village to insure residents are aware of current activities. Door to door notifications will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday October 25th. This is not an evacuation notice. This is not an evacuation notice.

Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time. Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

With the change in flow activity and advancement, Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will remained closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

County of Hawaii - Civil Defense Alerts and Information
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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Exclamation Keep the posts coming!

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Originally Posted by Jungjohann View Post
OD and MDOD,
Given that Kilauea began it's current eruption on January 3, 1983, that being exactly 11,616 days ago, and has been spewing forth Pele's nastiest uninterrupted since that date, do you two intend to continue re-posting the same data from the USGS website for an additional 11,616 days, uninterrupted???? That would mean posting the same daily copies from the USGS until August 12, 2046.


Just,,, uuurrrpppp, scuze me, curious

Aloha OpenD & MDOD - I just wanted to let you know that I for one appreciate your updates. Keep it up! However, if you are still posting on August 12, 2046, I'll be ~2 weeks short of my 100th birthday, so probably won't be around to read them. But there's always hope.

Mahalo
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