News media have finally gotten wind of Civil Beat’s livestream. Some have gotten the homeowner’s permission to film broadcasts on the same porch, so you may hear them if you tune in. At other times, the homeowners or friends they’ve let use the house stop by. It’s surreal yet oddly comforting to hear the homey noises of people, a pet parkeet (?), and wild chickens outside while towering, terrifying yet magnificent lava fountains boom and chuff.
As for the big picture, we’re starting to settle into a routine with Kilauea’s ongoing double eruption:
(1) Lava in Lower East Rift Zone
#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano: New overnight footage of fissure activity approaching the Puna Geothermal Venture plant taken around 3AM by photographer Andrew Hara; @CivilDefenseHI says lava on PGV property hasn’t advanced https://t.co/hucqBWkt77 @HawaiiNewsNow #HINews pic.twitter.com/UVrNm0sPNp
— Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln) May 22, 2018
- Lava fountains/flows in the Lower East Rift Zone continue vigorously, claiming more land and displacing more residents in Lower Puna.
- Some fissures stop, but others reactivate. See HVO maps for what’s active.
- Coast guard, police are trying to keep spectators away from lava entry into ocean; toxic “laze” plume from lava/seawater interaction is dangerous.
- Puna residents are concerned about lava now encroaching on Puna Geothermal Venture site, because PVG’s lack of transparency and tardiness in capping wells has not been reassuring. (see HNN reporter Mileka Lincoln’s brief, damming synopsis). Lava-breached wells might emit toxic hydrogen sulfide.
- Leilani Estates, where fissures started, doesn’t have much erupting now but cracks in some roads are now chasms (photo).
- Lava is now faster, hotter, more voluminous due to clearing out old lava from 1955 that was pooled under rift zone; now it’s fresh lava from drained Pu’u O’o.
(2) Kilauea Summit Ash Explosions
Another beautiful morning at the summit. #PGV #halemaumau #kapohotidepools #earthquake #Hawaii #hvnp #hppa #volcano #Kilauea #lava #NEWSで妄想 #KilaueaVolcano #LeilaniEstates #travel #BigIsland #Kapoho pic.twitter.com/FR3dcWGB4d
— lavapix.com (@lavapixcom) May 22, 2018
- Minor ash explosions continue intermittently at Kilauea’s summit crater, Halemau’ma’u. Between explosions, white plume of steam seen on webcams.
- This morning, another ash explosion, 10,000 foot cloud, 3:30 AM. Here’s this morning’s Civil Defense ashfall warning with advisory for Kau.
- See NWSHonolulu on Twitter for ashfall advisories.
- We don’t know if crater has ejected more “ballistics” (flying rocks) since USGS scientists aren’t risking personnel by entering the possible “flying rocks” zone. Right now they’re working from a temporary base of operations in Hilo.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed, not only to keep public out of range of flying rocks, but because of earthquake damage to trails and some park structures. These need to be assessed/repaired.
- Park Rangers have set up in Hilo Bayfront to educate public about this historic eruption.
Oh look, another hazard from lava entering ocean: WATERSPOUTS.
And even when fissures don’t spout lava, they can still be dangerous:
Grandes Grietas se abren hoy en la cima de South Moku ST, Pāhoa, #Hawaii Island, el 22.05.2018 por Tan Hunt. #Massive #Crack #Sinkhole #KilaueaVolcano #Zabedrosky #Phenomena #Volcano #LeilaneEstates pic.twitter.com/yRPzwxo4WW
— ⚠David de Zabedrosky🌎 (@deZabedrosky) May 22, 2018