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Geology Picture of the Week, Nov. 4-10, 2007: Kilauea Keeps Glowing and Flowing
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Status Page ^
Posted on 11/08/2007 1:29:26 PM PST by cogitator
When last we visited Kilauea (I think), the Pu'u O'o crater was hosting an active lava lake, and I thought there was a possibility of an overflow or a below-rim outbreak. Neither happened. Instead, the lava lake drained smoothly and a fissure eruption commenced. This is where all the action is currently. If you want to see where it's located, click the Maps link at the header link.
I realized that I hadn't checked for images of this for more than a month. So I did. Below is my favorite, reduced to half-size. Click on it for full-size.
TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: fissure; kilauea; lava; volcano
Meanwhile, authorities have downgraded the risk from Kelut on Java and allowed residents to return to their homes adjacent to the simmering volcano. Umm, the authorities did the same thing on Martinique in 1902; admittedly, they didn't have seismometers then. But still, I'd be staying with friends a bit longer. Waking up with a pyroclastic flow in your backyard is just not a good way to start the morning.
posted on 11/08/2007 1:29:28 PM PST
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posted on 11/08/2007 1:33:13 PM PST
Waking up with a pyroclastic flow in your backyard is just not a good way to start the morning.
But at least you know it'll be warm.
posted on 11/08/2007 1:34:59 PM PST
(Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. <br> "What happens if neutrinos have mass?")
All the worry about Mauna Loa swelling has seemed to have died down since a while back. That is the real threat to the Big Island.
All the worry about Mauna Loa swelling has seemed to have died down since a while back.
Yes, no current signs of a possible Mauna Loa eruption. They are impressive when they happen. There are very few pictures of a Mauna Loa eruption on the Web, because the last one happened in 1984 before digital photography and the Internet. The next one will provide a lot of footage. (The surprisingly big eruption of Piton de la Fournaise earlier this year provided a lot of great lava flow pictures.)
The last three Mauna Loa eruptions were 1950, 1975, and 1984. It's due. Any day now. Or any year now...
posted on 11/08/2007 1:49:40 PM PST
posted on 11/08/2007 1:53:13 PM PST
by Red_Devil 232
(VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
Bet you could cook a hot dog quick on that flow!! Wow!
posted on 11/08/2007 1:56:19 PM PST
(get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
In the words of Paris Hilton, “That’s hot.”
posted on 11/08/2007 2:09:49 PM PST
(PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
It’s been 15 years since I last flew over it but it’s still one of the first things I remember about the islands. Simply beautiful.
posted on 11/08/2007 3:26:13 PM PST
(I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
That is quite a photo. I’m looking forward to photos of Anak Krakatau as well.
posted on 11/08/2007 4:19:42 PM PST
A Close-Up Look at 'Child of Krakatau'
The Weather Channel has a video of the current activity. Go to the main page (www.weather.com) and click on Video (under the banner box at the top with the Local Weather input slot). The Video page will come up (in a new tab with a tabbed browser). It's currently the fifth one down, "Volcano Blasting Rocks Into the Sky" under "Top Stories".
posted on 11/09/2007 5:08:32 PM PST
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