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Friday, October 31, 2014

Kīlauea Volcano

From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

As of early Friday morning the leading edge of the June 27th lava flow from Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi is no longer active, although scattered breakouts are present about 70 meters (77 yards) behind the stalled front. The lobe just downslope of the Pāhoa cemetery was active overnight, burning trees in a forested area and causing numerous loud methane busts ( The breakout along the north margin of the flow above Apaʻa Street was also active and had advanced to within about 40 meters (44 yards) of the transfer station and the street, although it was sluggish Friday morning. A new, small breakout on the south margin of the existing flow above Apaʻa Street is advancing slowly downslope and destroyed a small structure for cattle on Friday morning. For the most up to date information visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

This photograph shows a breakout of ropey pāhoehoe lava upslope of Apaʻa Street burning vegetation near the Pāhoa transfer station on Thursday afternoon. 

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