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Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

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Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

For latest Update scroll to most recent post, or check the numbers/website listed below. Been there recently? Let us know how it was!

KALAPANA - Ocean Entry Public Viewing Area:

Be advised that current conditions do not allow for up close lava viewing on land. Closest walking proXimity at this time is to public viewing area (1 1/2 miles round trip) where you stand 1/2 - 3/4 mile from ocean entry.

From Hilo follow HWY 11 south to HWY 130. Turn on 130 and go to the end, past the gate and private residence signs. Follow newly paved road to end. Somebody will be there to help with parking. Open from 1400 (2pm) to 2200 (10pm). Last car in at 2000 (8pm).

What to bring:

-Closed toe shoes

-Water

-Flashlights

-Umbrella

-Padding for the okole

-Camera with extra batteries and cards/film

-Tripod

-Binoculars

-Spending Money for souvenirs and grinds

HVNP - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Curent viewing area is at the Jagger Museum Overlook. Open 24 hrs. For free Ranger talks go at 1500, 1630, or 1800. Night-time views are best providing visible red glow, but no moving lava - yet.

What to bring:

-Warm Clothing

-Camera with extra batteries and cards/film

-Tripod

-Binoculars

-Spending Money for souvenirs

FOR MOST RECENT UPDATES ALSO CHECK:

Numbers to call:

808-967-8862 (Lava Update)

808-961-8093 (Lava Viewing Info)

Websites:

http://volcano.wr.usgs.gov/kilaueastatus.php (USGS Daily Volcano Update)

Volcano, Hawaii
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1. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

NOVEMBER 1st

Kalapana Ocean Entry Public Viewing Area:

As of 7 am this morning there was no sign of a smoke plume suggesting stalled lava activity going into the ocean. This is very likely temporary. Call the numers above around 1400 (2pm) to check next update for today. My guess is that lava will be back by tonight.

Besides the ocean entry, lava has also been spotted on the hill top flowing through what used to be a residential subdivision. This alone is worth the drive to see if you have binoculars.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

The Jagger Museum Overlook continues to provide fantastic views into the active Halema'uma'u Crater. Stay until dark to get a chance to see the red glow (no moving lava) and possibly hear rock clatter or explosions.

Volcano, Hawaii
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2. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

November 3

HVNP

Latest information is coming straight from the rangers at Jagger Museum. The night-time glow from Halema'uma'u Crater is no longer visible, and has not been visible for at least a week now.

Anything can change. Please do not take this information as a reason to not visit HVNP. It is one of the top attractions for anybody who has never been to the Big Island, or only plans on visiting once.

The smoke/ash plume continues to rise out of the 260+ ft wide crater about 1/2 mile away from viewing area.

I will be staying in the volcano area this weekend and will bring first hand reports of what is seen.

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3. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

We went to HVNP yesterday, and truly enjoyed the visit even though the weather wasn't as clear as we had in past visits. We did some nice hikes, and just appreciated being there for our third time. It is an awesome place. The gas plume coming form the new vent was visible from Jagger Museum, and was worth seeing even in the daytime. They told us there had been no glow evident for a few days, so we did not stay for evening viewing. Can't say if the glow returned there or not.

We did go over to Kalapana in the late afternoon, never having witnessed lava entering the ocean before, and that was entirely worthwhile. Watching at first, it seemed like a giant series of mushroom clouds billowing into the atmosphere. You can't actually see lava from there, but like up at the new vent, the sight is worth the trip even in daylight. As it got dark you could see hints of the red glow inside the steam cloud, and once the darkness settled in it was one massive red light show after another. It is impressive to say the least.

Thanks for the updates, the list and info you post was very helpful.

Volcano, Hawaii
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4. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

November 7th - 1945 Hawaii Time

HVNP

About 1 1/2 hours ago the Jagger Museum overlook was somewhat fogged in (not Vogged), with minimal view into the crater. No glow was seen. Right now it is best to visit the park during the day, and drive to Kalapana to see any "red stuff" before and into the night.

KALAPANA

There was a recent small bench collapse at the ocean entry, which continues to produce a strong smoke plume. The surface breakouts that were visible on the pali have made their way onto the flats, and are slowly approaching the HVNP boundaries!! This is the flow to keep an eye on. We may FINALLY get a chance to visit the surface breakouts, if the National Park allows access, and if the flow enters the boundary line. Please lord let this happen!!!

If this happens and everything come together in our favor, expect a long hike to visit the flows. My guestimate is 10 miles round trip. As always, conditions variate. Anything can happen. Lets hope for the best!

pzp
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5. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

Shouldn't that be "Please, Madam Pele, let this happen?"

Kona, Hawaii
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6. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

If Pele sees fit to allow this to happen where would you imagine the hike to be from?

Volcano, Hawaii
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7. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

>>>If Pele sees fit to allow this to happen where would you imagine the hike to be from?>>>

The end of Chain of Craters Rd. This is where access was legal while the flows were coming into the national park boundaries last year.

It may be quite a few factors that come together before access is allowed. Safety concerns, location of the lava, and politics can stop anybody from getting up close.

IMPORTANT NOTE for anybody considering trying to hike out:

The lava fields are not a "safe" place. There is a lot that can happen out there, and it is very unwise for anybody to go exploring on their own and/or with little experience on such terrain. Unstable ground, lava tubes, gases, methane explosions, random gusts of scolding hot air, bench collapses, and the lava itself can be extremely dangerous. People regularly get injured out there, and speaking from experience - it is not fun making your way out hurt.

Volcano, Hawaii
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8. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

November 10th - Report from weekend

The nighttime views into Halema'uma'u Crater on the 9th were minimal, however the sky was clear with no rain or mist.

For those interested in the possibility of legal access to the surface breakouts please be aware that it is not currently legal.

I spoke to the rangers in the National Park about the hypothetical scenario of lava entering the HVNP boundaries and being able to hike out to it. Unfortuntaley access will not be allowable until further notice.

I drove down with a friend to the end of Chain of Craters out of curiosity to see if there are signs or restrictions posted. We hiked to the end of the "marked trail", about 1/2 mile from end of road. This is where signs were posted not allowing access any further. Bummer.

I will be checking with the Rangers/National Park on a regular basis to see about any changes. Until access is allowable the Kalapana Ocean Entry remains as the primary viewing area.

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9. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

I just wanted to thank you for your updates. We will be on the Big Island in just over a month and have reservations for night over on the Hilo side. Sounds like we won't know until we get to the Island what our plan of attack for those two days will be. I have been reading with great interest.

Mahalo!

Tina

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10. Re: Lava Viewing Update - November 2008

November 12th

HVNP

At about 0545 this morning there was no glow visible from the Halema'uma'u Crater. The smoke plume was being blown in a north-westerly direction. There have been reports of weakened trade winds and the possibility of southerly winds by this evening. What does this mean? Not a good day for the volcano. Expect VOG, bad air quality, and the possibility of the Kalapana Viewing area being closed.

Call 808-961-8093 around 1400 (2pm) to make sure.