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Kalapana lava update (July 28)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 4:46 p.m.

Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Kalapana Update

Lava from the TEB vent is flowing through tubes that carry lava down-slope to feed active surface flows in two locations on the coastal plain:

The eastward advance of lava toward Kalapana Gardens is slow and sluggish compared to the past several days, with a maximum expansion of only about 30 m (100 ft) since yesterday.

Lava is now entering the ocean at two locations southwest of Kalapana Gardens. The second ocean entry is approximately 545 m (600 yards) east of the initial entry, where lava reached the ocean on Sunday, July 25. About halfway between the two ocean entries, another flow has overtopped Hakuma horst, and, as of noon today, this lava was about 75 m (250 ft) from the ocean.

Minor scattered lava flows also remain active about 1 km (0.6 mi) west and upslope of the Hwy 137 flow.

Public Access Information: Kalapana Gardens is a private subdivision and access will only be granted to subdivision residents. Private property borders highway 130 through Kalapana and no one is allowed access off the highway easement. Police will be monitoring the area.

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