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Kalapana lava update (Aug. 5)

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY CURRENT STATUS REPORT
Thursday, Aug. 5, 4:36 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:

Most of the lava activity today was focused at the two ocean entries southwest of Kalapana Gardens, with the western entry (Puhiokalaikini) more vigorous than the eastern entry (`Ili`ili). Since yesterday, surface flows immediately inland of the western ocean entry have broadened, and the western lava delta, which continues to grow to the west and east, is now 710 m (2,330 ft) wide.

Nearer the subdivision, the lava activity was mostly unchanged this afternoon. The small breakouts on the western margin of the flow mentioned in yesterday’s update are now stagnant, and there was no expansion on the east or north margins of the flow in the past 24 hours.

Scattered outbreaks about 1 km (0.6 mi) west and upslope of the lava-covered Hwy 130/137 intersection 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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