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Volcano Watch: Kilauea ocean entry hazards — the plume is not your friend | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Recent visitors to the Kamokuna ocean entry have been greeted with the spectacular sight of Kilauea’s lava pouring into the sea to form some of the newest land on Earth.

Source: Volcano Watch: Kilauea ocean entry hazards — the plume is not your friend | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/vocano-watch-kilauea-ocean-entry-hazards-plume-not-your-friend).

Accessed on 18 September 2016, 22:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Here’s the latest volcano watch from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  In addition to the Kilauea Volcano update, the report also outlines some of the precautions needed before you approach the ocean entry site of lava flow 61G.

Be aware of the dangers presented by lava delta collapses near the ocean entry point.  The new land is unstable and may “trigger explosions that hurl rocks hundreds of meters (yards) inland and seaward.”  These explosions may create large waves of scalding water which could reach far inland.

Lava tubes leading to the ocean entry point can be unstable and weak, making walking over them extremely dangerous.

Ocean entry steam plumes can contain volcanic glass, seawater steam, and hydrochloric acid.  These fumes could create respiratory distress and render you unable to escape.

If you hike into the ocean entry area, be sure to come with plenty of water, sunscreen, and suitable clothing, including sturdy hiking boots.  Stick to the trail and don’t wander off into a benign-looking slab of lava.

Follow these tips and enjoy the volcanic display safely.


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KHNL: Lava lake visible atop Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano


By The Associated Press The U.S. Geological Survey says a lake of lava has come into view atop Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, and a burst of seismic activity has shaken the sum

Source: KHNL: Lava lake visible atop Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331263/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=0ZfpO5rT).

Accessed on 11 September 2016, 23:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to the USGS, the is the first time the lava lake has been visible since May 2015.  At least one earthquake and a few “smaller event” have occurred while the lava lake was rising.

Meanwhile, the ocean entry of lava flow 61G continues to draw thousands of visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


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Kamokuna ocean entry flow now spans a kilometer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Kamokuna ocean entry has grown to a kilometer in length as lava from Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o vent continues to pour over the coastline.

Source: Kamokuna ocean entry flow now spans a kilometer | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kamokun-ocean-entry-flow-spans-kilometer).

Accessed on 23 August 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The ocean entry point of lava flow 61G (Kamokuna) near Kalapana has grown to a kilometer in length as lava from the upslope Pu’u ‘O’o vent continues to pour into the sea.

According to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials, lava has “almost completely filled in the gap between the original ocean entries, helping to merge what was two separate lava deltas along the coast inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

Lava flow 61G began on 24 May 2016 and entered the ocean on 26 July 2016 after traveling 6.7 miles.


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Big Island Lava Flow Safe for Tourists? – AroundHawaii.com


Big Island Lava Flow Safe for Tourists? – Pele is both beautiful and dangerous!

Source: Big Island Lava Flow Safe for Tourists? – AroundHawaii.com (http://www.aroundhawaii.com/travel/big-island-lava-flow-safe-tourists/).

Accessed on 20 August 2016, 06:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  David Oshiro, lead developer of AroundHawaii.com and senior digital developer at Oceanic Time-Warner Cable Media.

Please click link to read the full article and to view the stunning videos of lava flow 61G

Comment:

A timely and necessary discussion of the hazards you may encounter if you want to see lava flow 61G as it enters the ocean near Kalapana. Oshiro does an excellent job of warning about the dangers presented by active lava flows and the socially responsible behavior needed to enjoy this spectacle of nature without treading upon Hawaiian beliefs and customs.  The lava flow videos are stunning and frightening at the same time.  For more information on visiting Pele in her own back yard, visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website at https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm.


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Lava from Hawaii volcano cascades into sea in vivid display – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Source: Lava from Hawaii volcano cascades into sea in vivid display – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32785498/lava-from-hawaii-volcano-cascades-into-sea-in-vivid-display).

Accessed on 18 August 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Caleb Jones (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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Comment:

Thousands of people have come to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see, hear, and even smell lava flow 61G as it meets the Pacific Ocean near Kalapana.

Associated Press reporter Caleb Jones says reaching the lava flow “requires a boat, a helicopter, or strong legs”–the hike is an arduous 10-mile trek on a gravel emergency road surrounded by lava and rough terrain.

According the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials, visitor counts are running around 6,000 per day, including those on tour boats who want to see the lava entry away from shore.  To date, lava flow 61G has created approximately 8 acres of new land.


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Rangers, geologists urge safety at lava flow; 8 acres of new land created in past three weeks | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The journey starts deep within Earth and ends in one spectacular collision.

Source: Rangers, geologists urge safety at lava flow; 8 acres of new land created in past three weeks | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/rangers-geologists-urge-safety-lava-flow-8-acres-new-land-created-past-three-weeks).

Accessed on 17 August 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The biggest attraction in Hawaii these days is the ongoing lava flow 61G which has created 8 acres of new land as it enters the ocean near Kalapana on Hawaii Island.

The popularity of this event and the often inaccurate and dangerous reporting of the phenomenon have created concern among Hawaii County officials, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers, and USGS personnel monitoring the flow.

On Tuesday, media personnel from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory held a “media lava flow excursion” to the ocean entry site to inform reporters and writers about the dangers associated with lava flows.

Rangers at HVNP emphasized that the new land created by the slowly advancing lava flow is unstable and poses a safety hazard for visitors. Despite repeated warnings about land collapses and the dangers of acid-filled steam from the ocean entry, the advisories “have done little to deter people from flocking to the site just inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”  Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency spokeswoman Kanani Aton says “an average of 1,500 people a day will visit the Kalapana lava viewing area, with many taking the trek to the lava flow itself.”

HVNP rangers also told reporters that respecting the physical environment is important from both a safety and cultural point of view. Park representative Jessica Ferracane said poking or prodding at the lava is “disrespectful to many Native Hawaiians”, and doing so “could get you in trouble.”  Although no citations have been issued for disturbing the lava, Ferracane added that there have been several verbal warnings.


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Visitors to the active lava flow should be prepared for a long, hot and dusty hike | Hawaii 24/7


Viewing the active breakouts requires a long (8-10 miles, round trip) and hot hike. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is waiving their entrance fee on Monday (Aug 1) to celebrate the centennial of the…

Source: Visitors to the active lava flow should be prepared for a long, hot and dusty hike | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/07/31/visitors-to-the-active-lava-flow-should-be-prepared-for-a-long-hot-dusty-hike/).

Accessed on 01 August 2016, 03:59 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Here’s the current update for the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruption and the status of the 61G lava flow which has entered the ocean at two spots near the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision.

Included in this report is some guidance for those wishing to hike into the lava viewing area near the coastline.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials say you should come prepared for a long, hot hike over very rough terrain.  Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, use strong hiking boots, and bring a good supply of drinking water.  Please avoid the ocean entry area because of unstable ground conditions and the presence of hydrochloric acid fumes and fine volcanic particles that can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs.


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