|March 05 - 07, 2008
Here are some maps from the Kilauea
Update page showing the progress of
the lava. On March 4, the lava was
poised to run across the access road
and the road was closed until further
|This is the map to the right overlaid in Google
Earth to show the tracks I'd hiked. The
registration isn't perfect but you can get the
|Not much of a plume, but there it is!
The lava has come back to the ocean!
|March 01 - 21, 2008
|Here are some images from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory web page. Coupled with my images and maps, these do a
really good job of clarifying what's where and when.
This is an aerial view of the lava flows coming from Royal Gardens. The new
lava is the shiny light grey stuff. The access road comes in from the right to the
parking area. A red cinder road leads down off the bottom of the photo toward
the sea. This area is now covered in lava. The RV you see on the red road has
been removed. I don't know what's happened to the structure on the left.
Pahoehoe lava flowing across the
Nice wide views of the lava flowing from Royal Gardens, on the hill, across the
access road in two places, and on to the sea. You can see that the RV on the
red road has been removed. The lava will eventually cover the access road
past the vegetation on the right. The islands of vegetation surrounded by lava
are called "kipukas"
|A'a lava flowing over pahoehoe lava.
A'a lava is cooler than pahoehoe and
thus the difference in consistency.
A closer view of the bench being
formed by the lava flow into the ocean.
Another view of the bench being
formed. You can see Pu'u O'o vent
steaming at the top of the pali (ridge).
Another angle on the ocean entry.
Note the different colors of the ocean
water due to temperature and
chemistry. There's also a boat out
<-- A close-up of the lava covering the
Another angle of the lava flow
spreading into the vegetation. The
little white things in the foreground
delineate the public viewing area,
which has since been moved...
And just for a change of pace, here's a
couple of views of the new vent that
opened in Halema'uma'u Crater in
the Kilauea Caldera. No lava (so
far), just gases.
I particularly liked this view because I stood at the end of Orchid Street and took pictures of
the lava flow on 2/28 and 3/2. Even poked my hiking stick into it. At 1:00 on 2/28, I walked up
King Ave. By 6:00, it was closed off by the lava flow.
<-- Another angle, looking east, of the
into the vegetation to the east. My
house is about 7 miles up the coast
Looking west -->
|Left. View of the new gas vent at the base of the eastern wall of Halema`uma`u crater on March 14, 2008 from the Jaggar Museum overlook.
Right. Closeup of the fume being emitted through rubble on March 14, 2008. The white fume is a mixture of condensed water vapor, sulfur
trioxide, and invisible sulfur dioxide. The fume takes a pale bluish color if it contains very tiny sulfur particles (in center of fuming area). The
fume takes on a yellowish tint if the sulfur particles are a bit larger.
|Left. View of the small explosion crater,
emitting fume, on the southeast wall of
Halema`uma`u. The light gray material to the
right of the fuming pit is part of the ash and
debris deposit from the explosion.
Halema`uma`u Overlook can be seen at the
left edge of the frame. Right. Near vertical
view down into the explosion crater. The
crater is estimated at roughly 30 m across.