Lava Update | Monday, February 18, 2019

There’s no visible eruptive activity to report, but a few areas of the eruption zone continue to degas. Most areas of vegetation downwind of the rift are flourishing once again.   And while the

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Residents and landowners anxiously await for access to be restored to their homes and property, and roughly a week ago, a group of them staged a rally petitioning the county to accelerate plans.
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A long section of Hwy 132 was covered by lava last summer, isolating a number of homes and farms.
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Access to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored from the end of Hwy 132 (middle of the frame).
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Access to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored from the end of Hwy 132.
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Work to restore operations at the Puna Geothermal Venture facility continues.
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A group of homes and property remain isolated, cutoff by the huge river of lava from last summer’s eruption in Leilani Estates.
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A large kipuka, straddling a section of Hwy 132, remains isolated. Homeowners and landowners are anxious to have access restored.
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A large kipuka, straddling a section of Hwy 132, remains isolated. Homeowners and landowners are anxious to have access restored.
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A large kipuka, straddling a section of Hwy 132, remains isolated. Homeowners and landowners are anxious to have access restored.
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A large kipuka, straddling a section of Hwy 132, remains isolated. Homeowners and landowners are anxious to have access restored.
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A large kipuka, straddling a section of Hwy 132, remains isolated. Homeowners and landowners are anxious to have access restored. This view, looking east, shows Kapoho Crater and the still degassing coastal plain, where Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland once were.
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An overhead view of Kapoho Crater, showing the still smoldering Kapoho coast.
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Several isolated patches of land called kipukas, sit surrounded by flows from last summer’s eruption in Leilani Estates.
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Efforts are being made in the area east of Leilani Estates, to restore access to homes and property isolated by lava from last year’s eruption.
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Efforts are being made in the area east of Leilani Estates, to restore access to homes and property isolated by lava from last year’s eruption.
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A group of homes remains isolated by lava from last summer’s eruption. Gases rise from the line of fissures adjacent to them.
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Isolated vents and fumaroles continue to degas.
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A section of Pohoiki Road and a private driveway remain, surrounded by lava from last summer’s eruption. Flora is beginning to flourish once again.
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Pohoiki Bay and its new black sand beach sit in the lower middle of the frame, with majestic Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in background.
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A new black sand beach was created by the same voluminous flow that consumed Kapoho Beach Lots.

road to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored, a number of homes and agricultural fields still remain isolated, and the residents and landowners are eagerly awaiting to regain access to their properties. See the most recent photos below…


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