Eruptive activity continues at Kilauea’s summit, as the vent on Halema‘uma‘u’s west wall continues to discharge lava into the contained lava lake. Since this phase began on September 29th, USGS estimates the level of lava has increased 197 feet, and total erupted volume to be about 30 million cubic meters, or 7.8 billion gallons! The … More Lava Update | November 19, 2021
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 road to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored, a number of homes and agricultural fields still remain isolated, and the … More Lava Update | Monday, February 18, 2019
It’s been about two months since our last overflight, and as expected, there’s no visible eruptive activity to report. Isolated areas of the eruption zone continue to degas, but much of the vegetation downwind of the rift is coming back to life. 🙂 Access to the Puna Geothermal Venture facility has been restored, as a … More Lava Update | January 25, 2019
The County of Hawaii recently completed the restoration of vehicular access to Pohoiki for residents and landowners, and while it remains closed to the general public, the road is beautiful! Below are photos of the road, and a few other areas we visited during our overflight.
Although thick cloud cover and rainy skies hung over Hilo and the lower east rift zone, satellite imagery showed a pocket of clearer weather at Kilauea’s summit beckoned us, especially since the TFR over the area had been recently lifted. Knowing what occurred at the caldera from USGS photos, and having had peeks from afar, … More Lava Update | October 16, 2018