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Kalapana lava update (Aug. 2)


Monday, August 2, 2010 4:16 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:

HVO geologists mapping the flow near Kalapana Gardens today noted only two small breakouts, both on the west margin of the flow, where lava is covering the last remnant of exposed pavement near the Hwy 130/137 intersection. There was no expansion on the east or north margins of the flow in the past 24 hours, and lava remains the same distance [40-60 m (130–200 ft)] from nearby homes as it was on Saturday, July 31.

Lava continues to enter the ocean at two locations southwest of Kalapana Gardens, with the western ocean entry more vigorous than the eastern entry. The western lava delta continues to grow to the west, and is now 470 m (1,540 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.

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