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Lava flow reaches Puna geothermal energy





  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    Looking west on the two active sea entrances in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano. The big white feather, also called lazy, is the eastern entrance to the sea; the weaker, western cloud can be seen in the distance.

  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lava moves through Leilani Estates on Friday night.


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UPDATE: 6:30 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said that a lava flow in Leilani Estates passed overnight to the Puna Geothermal Venture.

No hyroxen sulfide has been detected as state and federal authorities monitor it

Volcanic gases and sulfur dioxide emissions can increase in leeward areas of the air holes. Parts of the Kamalii Road experience an increased concentration of sulfur dioxide.

SATURDAY, 6 PM

The lava flow in Leilani Estates has crossed the Pohoiki Road just north of the HGPA site, reports the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory [19659008]. The currents to the south continue to flow into the ocean Close to MacKenzie State Park. Lava now covers 2,372 acres.

Halemaumau Crater also releases small eruptions of volcanic ash, which is slowly pushed into the wind, southwest into the Kau district.

Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase in areas below wind vents. In areas along the Kamalii Road, the sulfur dioxide content is increased.

Due to volcanic activity, the ash rain can lead to bad driving conditions. Nearby residents must be aware of changes in the direction of the river and should prepare for evacuation if their areas are threatened.

Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone Cracks and Rivers, May 26 by Honolulu Star Advertiser on Scribd

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

While the Kilauea volcano continues to produce 10,000 tonnes of emissions per day in the sky District officials have now determined that 41 of the 82 lava-depleted structures were homes

Four explosions from the Kilauea crater overnight sent ash clouds 12,000 feet above sea level or higher, as forecasters warn that the wind patterns Monday or Tuesday could change.

The wind is expected to continue blowing south / southwest. said John Bravender of the National Weather Service. But more volcanic eruptions – paired with changing wind patterns in the north / northwest beginning Monday – will be "observable," Braventer told reporters today.

"From the point of view of Vog and S02 (sulfur dioxide) this could cause higher concentrations of gases in more populated places, Pahoa and other places on the Big Island," he said.

So far, hot gas coming from the cracks along Highway 130 – the main road that leads into Lower Puna – shows that levels of hydrogen sulfide are "below the detection limit," said Wendy Stovall of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

The levels indicate that the heat that comes from the cracks is "only steam," she said.

"Yes, it's hot," Stovall said. "There is magma under these cracks, but it is not close to the surface and, as far as we know, it has not breached the groundwater level."

Evidence of hydrogen sulphide, Stovall said, "means that magma on the groundwater and it begins to boil the groundwater, which would mean that the magma is approaching the surface … But there is no indication that Cracks near Highway 130 are close to magma being at or near the surface. "

10:45 AM

The US Geological Survey said intermittent ash emissions continue this morning with feather clouds from 12,000 to 13,000 feet. Tradewinds carry the ashes to the southwest.

USGS also reports a rift of 7 increased overnight spending.

6:45 AM

The US Geological Survey said a series of explosions over 15 minutes this morning produced ash cloud that rose to 11,000 feet above sea level. The explosions started at 5 am and USGS said the ash cloud data is based on National Weather Service radar data.

Meanwhile, a river in Leilani Estates has slowed its advance and is 150 yards from Road. But the lava activity continues in the East Rift Zone as the rivers continue into the ocean near MacKenzie State Park.

Two smaller steam explosions were reported overnight at Kilauea Peak.

Protected from 9am to 1pm today at Cooper Center, Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center, Pahala Gym Annex and Naalehu Nutrition Center. Each person can receive up to three masks. Civil Defense states that masks do not protect against gases and vapors and only filter ashes.


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