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Puna Lava Flow Creeps Towards Pahoa – Flow Still Advancing

The June 27 Lava Flow remains very active and has advanced over 240 yards in the last few days.

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There were two breakouts from the upper tube system on and at the foot of Puʻu ʻŌʻō Cone (right center). The largest and most active was the breakout nearest Puʻu Kahaualeʻa in the left center of the photograph.

Closeup of the new breakout near Puʻu Kahaualeʻa.  Click to enlarge

Closeup of the new breakout near Puʻu Kahaualeʻa. Click to enlarge

The leading edge of the lobe nearest Pahoa Marketplace is still stalled but, for the past few days, a new breakout has been advancing along its southern margin and is approaching the Apaʻa St. firebreak.

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Several breakouts were active upslope of the stalled front. This breakout issued from an inflated tumulus along the north margin of the June 27th flow.

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The thin crust over the lava lake within the Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook crater was moving slowly to the southeast.

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During the USGS overflight, there was no spattering and wispy gas emissions allowed clear views.

Lava Flow Enters Pahoa

June 27th flow enters Pāhoa

The June 27th lava flow burns vegetation as it approaches a property boundary above Pāhoa early on the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Lava pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above Pāhoa early on Tuesday morning.

By dawn on Tuesday morning, lava had crossed into two privately owned properties above Pāhoa. Note the inflated flow behind the fence, which is chest-high. We are grateful to the owners of the property for allowing us access and permission to work on their land and post these photos.

Lava Flow Invades Pahoa Town – Pictures

The June 27th lava flow remained active, and the flow front was nearing residential areas in the northwest portion of Pāhoa.

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The flow front was heading towards a low spot on the Pāhoa Village Road, between Apaʻa St. and the post office.

This annotated photograph shows the notable features around the flow front. The photo was taken at 11:30 am, and also shows the distance the flow front has traveled between Cemetery Rd./Apaʻa St. and Pāhoa Village Rd.

This annotated photograph shows the notable features around the flow front. The photo was taken at 11:30 am, and also shows the distance the flow front has traveled between Cemetery Rd./Apaʻa St. and Pāhoa Village Rd.

This photo was taken at 11:30 am today, when the flow front was 540 meters (0.3 miles) from Pāhoa Village Road.

A wider view of the flow, showing its proximity to Pāhoa Village Road. Pāhoa Village Road spans the bottom portion of the photograph.

A wider view of the flow, showing its proximity to Pāhoa Village Road. Pāhoa Village Road spans the bottom portion of the photograph.

A comparison of a normal photograph with a thermal image. The white box shows the approximate extent of the thermal image. The elevated temperatures (white and yellow areas) around the flow front indicate that significant activity is focused at the front, driving its forward movement.

thermalsnipIn addition, a slow-moving lobe was active upslope of Cemetery Rd. Farther upslope, scattered breakouts persist in the wider portion of the flow.

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Lava Flow 2.7 Miles From Pahoa Village Road… UPSLOPE!

This map shows the June 27th flow in Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone in relation to lower Puna.

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The area of the flow on September 12, 2014, at 12:30 PM is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as mapped on September 15 at 2:00 PM is shown in red. The front of the active flow was 15.5 km (9.6 miles; straight-line distance) from the vent and had crossed the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve boundary into the vacant northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads.

The flow front was advancing toward the northeast and was 4.3 km (2.7 miles) upslope from Pāhoa Village Road. The actual length of the flow, measured along the lava tube axis (so that bends in the flow are considered) is 17.7 km (11.0 miles).

The blue lines show down-slope paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM). For an explanation of down-slope path calculations, see: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/. Down-slope path analysis is based on the assumption that the digital elevation model (DEM) perfectly represents the earth’s surface. But, DEMs are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map indicate approximate flow path directions.

The purple arrow shows a short term projection of flow direction based on the flow behavior over the past several days and the local topography. All older Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows (1983–2014) are shown in gray; the yellow line marks the lava tube.

Lava Flow Map Updated – Flow Advances/Cascading Into Deep Crack

Map showing the June 27th flow in Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone as of September 1, 2014.

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The area of the flow as mapped on August 29 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of September 1 is shown in red. The only place where lava significantly widened the margin was at the distal end of the flow, where lava in the forest had reached 12.6 km (7.8 miles) from the vent. Most lava at the far end of the flow, however, was cascading into a deep ground crack (brown line), which was steaming at the surface. The most distant steam, which may represent the leading end of the lava in the crack, was 12.9 km (7.9 miles) from the vent and 1.7 km (1.1 miles) from the east boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. All older lava flows (1983–2014) are shown in gray; the yellow line within the flow marks the lava tube.

Pahoa Town Community Meetings – The Pahoa Plan

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Steering Committee and Working Groups will host the second in a series of Pahoa Town community meetings updating area residents on the progress of the Pahoa Plan effort which was launched in March of this year.

An extension of the Puna Community Development Plan, the Pahoa Plan is a community-inspired and community-created growth management plan specifically for Pahoa.  The upcoming public meeting will be held at the Pahoa Neighborhood/Community Center on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The results from the Pahoa Survey and the Pahoa Town property owner questionnaire will be discussed and an optional interactive poll will be available to those attending the meeting.  Your attendance and participation is important as the planning for Pahoa moves forward.  All members of the planning group for the Pahoa Plan are volunteers from our community.   For more information, please contact PahoaPlan@gmail.com

Utility Pole Gets Banged… When Will it be Somebody?

We have a real problem with our utility poles being so close to the road throughout our little town of Pahoa.

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It looks like someone had a REAL PROBLEM with a pole recently.

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As you can see from the pictures, this particular pole is really close to the white line on the side of the road.

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I feel sorry for those folks that are in wheelchairs and try to get to our local post office by having to use this dangerous road.

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It’s only a matter of time before a person gets banged instead of a telephone pole.

 

Surveilance Cameras in Pahoa… Craigslist Rant

No Loitering sign outside of Cash and Carry

No Loitering sign outside of Cash and Carry

Pahoa has had some Weed and Seed surveilance cameras for quite some time.

Nancy Cook Lauer was incorrect today when she mentioned the following in today’s West Hawaii Today.

…The grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority will place cameras along Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, as well as at Akaka Falls and in undisclosed locations in Hilo and Pahoa….

…Other than traffic surveillance cameras at some intersections, these are the first known government-sponsored public surveillance cameras on the island, although similar programs have been in effect in Waikiki and Chinatown on Oahu for about 10 years…

There was an interesting Rant on Craigslist that was brought to my attention by a store front owner the other day.

Parking lot referred to in craigslist rant

Parking lot referred to in craigslist rant

I see the trash is still in front of Cash & Carry and over by the Book Buying Store, You store owners in Pahoa Town just don`t care, you need to clean up the trash in front of your stores, it hangs out in front of Pahoa Cash & Carry, First Hawaiian Bank, Puna Style and the new Book Store accross the street from the bank, Older people feel intimidated walking around or through this trash you can`t even get up the stairs to the bank or get into Cash and Carry without being hit up for money, or drugs or to buy drugs or there selling there ASS yes those girls are HOOKERS/Whores, Hey mom your daughter is a Drug Whore and they are also holding the Dope for there PIMP BOYFRIENDS, Our Local Police in Pahoa can`t be that Dumb they just drive by and look straight ahead, Store Owners Call the COPS and have the trash removed and if they won`t do it call the Chief of Police Do what China Town Did take back you town business is bad enough without the trash hanging out Cash & Carry has let this go on for years between there and the bank, shame on you !!!

Of course there is a Security guard that typically sits right there on the other side of the Bank after banking hours. I’m not sure what the shift is, or who is paying for the security… but with rants like the ones above… maybe it’s not enough?

Security Guard Next to First Hawaiian Bank

Security Guard Next to First Hawaiian Bank