12/19/2014 — New Hawaii Lava Flow heading towards Pahoa Market — Evacuations underway

Latest video of the lava flow here: (December 18-19, 2014)

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Pahoa Hawaii has been covered once by lava already this year. Several of my viewers may remember the impressive HD videos coming from Hawaii in the fall of this year (2014).

Here are a few animated GIF’s to jog your memory, or to recap if you’re a newcomer to this information:

hawaii puna lava flow november 17 2014

puna lava flow new outbreak november 29 2014

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The above seen flows of lava covered the Northern portion of the town in a thick layer of molten rock.  Now, yet another outbreak of the flow is heading towards the main marketplace.

The new outbreak of lava is coming from a volcanic fissure which opened on the flanks of Pu’u’ O’o crater (part of the Kilauea volcanic complex), the newest flow has been moving up to 250 yards per day towards the Northeast in the general direction of the town of Pahoa, Hawaii marketplace.

Currently the flow is less than 1 mile North of Pahoa.

Latest Flyover here:

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Watch all my past lava flow / volcanic eruption videos here:

http://apps.cooliris.com/embed/cooliris.swf?t=1307582197

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CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGES and ALERTS

http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/

This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Thursday December 18th at 4:00 PM.

This afternoon’s assessment shows that the flow front remains active and continues to advance in an east-northeast direction however may be slowing. The active flow had advanced approximately 50 yards since 6:30 this morning and the front remains approximately 0.8 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel are maintaining close observations of flow activity. Residents and businesses down slope will be kept informed of any changes in flow activity, advancement, and status. As the flow activity continues to show signs of advancement, businesses in the Pahoa Market Place are taking necessary steps to prepare for a possible evacuation. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for increased traffic and large vehicles in the area.

Smoke conditions in the immediate area were light to moderate with a light trade wind blowing the smoke in a south/southeast direction. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.

Additional updates will be broadcast as conditions change.

On behalf of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and our partners we would like to thank everyone for your assistance and cooperation.

Civil Defense Lava Flow Map – Updated Thursday, 12/18/14 at 7:00 am

Civil Defense Lava Flow Map – Updated Thursday, 12/18/14 at 7:00 am
Civil Defense Lava Flow Map – Updated Thursday, 12/18/14 at 7:00 am

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Hawaii Volcano Observatory updates here:

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index.php?newSearch=true&display=custom&volcano=1&resultsPerPage=20

“December 18, 2014 — Kīlauea


Active flow front continues downslope towards northeast

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 Above: The leading tip of active lava on the June 27th flow continues downslope, through thick vegetation, towards the northeast. The active front this morning was 1 km (0.6 miles) upslope of Pahoa Marketplace, as measured along the line of steepest descent.

 

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 Above: This photo looks downslope towards Highway 130. The leading tip of the flow has widened over the past few days, and branched into two fingers – both of which are heading in the same general northeast direction.

 

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 Above: This shows a comparison of a normal photograph looking downslope with a thermal image. The white box shows the rough extent of the thermal image. In the thermal image, white and yellow pixels show active surface lava, which is focused along the leading edge of the flow.

 

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Above: In addition to active surface lava at the leading tip of the flow, breakouts were active about 2 km (1.2 miles) upslope of the leading tip. These breakouts were scattered and feeding several small lobes.

 

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Above: Even farther upslope, in the area of ground cracks, there were two small breakouts burning vegetation on the north margin of the flow. This photograph looks west, and Puʻu ʻŌʻō can be seen on the horizon.

 

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Above: Still farther upslope, about 3 km (roughly 2 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, scattered breakouts were active.

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Above: A comparison of a normal photograph and a thermal image showing an HVO geologist collecting an active lava sample. The lava is quenched in the bucket of water. Lava samples like this are routinely collected for chemical analysis, which provides insight into the magmatic system feeding the eruption.”

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