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Kalapana lava update (July 31)

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY CURRENT STATUS REPORT
Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:52 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:

Localized lava breakouts on the east side of the flow moving toward Kalapana Gardens have advanced up to 70 m (230 ft) to the east, bringing the flow front to within 40–60 m (130–200 ft) of the two nearest homes. As of this afternoon, the most active breakouts were filling in a low area to the north of the flow front. Sporadic breakouts were also occurring on the north side of the flow, but the overall northward expansion of the lava has slowed since yesterday.

Lava continues to enter the ocean at two locations southwest of Kalapana Gardens. The western ocean entry has now built a delta that is about 300 m (1,000 ft) wide.

Scattered flows about 1 km (0.6 mi) west and upslope of the lava-covered Hwy 130/137 intersection remain active and look much the same as they have over the past several days.

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.

Maps, photos, Webcam views, and other information about Kilauea Volcano are available at volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activit…

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