updates provided by U.S.G.S. You can see a live web cam of volcanic
vents! Volcanoes can be viewed 24 hours a day. View the volcanic vent after
dark, it's a awesome site to see. Be sure to check the web cams often as the
volcanic vents are changing daily.
This is a civil defense message
from County of Hawaii Web Site
920 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-0031
Fax: (808) 935-6460
For after-hours emergency contact or information, call (808) 935-3311
CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGES and ALERTS
This is an Eruption and Lava Flow Information
Eruption Information Update 09/19/14 At 8:30AM
This is an Eruption and Lava Flow
Information Update for Friday September 19th at 8:30 AM.
This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues towards
the northeast and has advanced approximately 180 yards since yesterday.
The active edge of the surface flow has exited the northwest corner of
the Kaohe Homesteads and has moved from the forested area to open land
with lighter vegetation. The leading edge or front of the flow is
approximately 100 yards wide. Currently the flow does not pose an
immediate threat to area communities and area residents will be given
adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.
There is no brushfire threat at this time and all burning is limited to
the vegetation that is in direct contact with the flow. Smoke conditions
were light to moderate at the flow however heavy vog from the Pu’u O’o
vent was present this morning over the lower Puna areas and extending
into Keaau and parts of Hilo. Conditions are expected to improve as the
trade winds pick up later today.
Construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road
are continuing. These activities are to establish alternate road access
in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.
The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not
visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads
subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents
only. Everyone’s cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii,
volcanoes national park is open
24 hours a day. See a erupting volcano by hiking to flowing
hot lava for your volcanic picture of a lifetime. A walking volcano tour
is the best way to see this Hawaiian volcano up close. Walk thru the
volcano national park with a map from the parks visitor center.
This Hawaiian volcano will allow you to take a Hawaii volcano picture
you will remember forever. The volcano picture is erupting hot lava.
Pictures of the lava flow is best taken at night time. The volcano
eruptions are visually spectacular and will give you a lifetime memory.
Hawaiian volcanoes pictures are provided by the brave women and men of
the United States Geological Survey. U.S.G.S. provides eruption of the
volcano updates daily. The U.S.G.S. observatory is located in volcanoes
national park. The volcanic eruptions are monitored at this location.
The U.S.G.S. conducts research and works with emergency response
personal. The Hawaii volcano picture is a real eruption of the Hawaiian
volcano located in Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii
Island weather is unpredictable. Visitors should be
prepared for rain and wear layers of clothing to ensure their comfort while
exploring the park. Temperature varies by elevation. Weather at Kilauea's summit
(4000' elevation) varies daily and may be rainy and chilly any time of the year.
At the summit of the volcano, temperatures may be 12 to 15 degrees cooler than
at sea level. The coastal plain at the end of Chain of Craters Road, where lava
is entering the ocean, is often hot, dry, and windy with the possibility of
passing showers. Be prepared for all weather conditions. Wear layers of
clothing, bring raingear, water. flash light and wear hiking boots or shoes if
you plan to venture out on trails.
BE SMART and DON'T
VENTURE OFF APPROVED TRAILS AND DON'T WEAR SANDALS
What is Vog?
Very simply, vog is
volcanic air pollution. It can have a big impact on people who are sensitive
to it. Sulfur dioxide reacts with other gases, moisture, dust and
sunlight to form vog. Molten lava flowing down the flanks of Kilauea often
pours into the sea, where it interacts with sea water to also produce
hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals. Reduced air quality, decreased
visibility, Asthma attacks; Beware of Vog on the Big Island. Vog is
volcanic air pollution and varies with volcanic activity and wind direction.
Vog can have a big impact on people who are sensitive to it. Itchiness,
short tempers, bronchitis, allergies, headaches, a prickly sensation or
low energy are all possible indications of a reaction to Vog. If you are
considering a move to the Big Island, be aware of the VOG conditions which
exist on the island. The area from Kailua-Kona to Oceanview are the most
heavily affected. Areas from Volcano Village to Hilo can also experience
high levels of VOG. VOG worsens with altitude - sea level being better
than higher altitudes - up to the 6000 ft. level. Above 6000 ft. VOG begins
to diminish rapidly. Some Big Island crops are shriveling as sulfur dioxide
from Kilauea wafts over them and envelops them in "vog," or volcanic smog.
People are wheezing and schoolchildren are being kept indoors during recess.
High gas levels led Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to close several days,
forcing the evacuation of thousands of visitors.