I’m posting these in chronological order. The first two show the remarkable new Kilauea caldera, with a geologist talking about the science of it all, and the last shows all the new beaches formed in Puna as a result of the recent lava flows. These I found fun to watch.
[Kp update: I added one more video which shows how large the vent hole in Halema’uma’u has become.]
I particularly liked the first one (from KHON2), as it discusses how and why the crater (formerly called “vent”) in Halema’uma’u caldera (which is within the Kilauea caldera) is growing (from 12 acres a few weeks ago, to over 90 acres today!) and the walls caving in, due to the absence of lava holding up the walls. Apparently, the very same thing happened when Halema’uma’u caldera was formed in 1924. What a wonderful show (in my view, at least)! (and recall that usually I am taking images from the very edge of Kilauea caldera).
I sent this to a few people yesterday, but wanted to share it here as well.
Here’s a map I just snapped to the address I saw on a mailbox in the first video. That’s one place where the lava has flowed over the road (Kalapana Rd, Hwy 137) and now is going into the ocean. I have been down this road several times in my life here and it is very lush and beautiful. There is a well known black and beach and a surf spot nearby.
I’ve also often driven down 130 to the bottom, where there is relatively new, very black lava. I have walked on that lava and enjoyed the view.
These are BIG changes for all who live here right now, but we allow Pele to do her new creation magic. It is extremely beautiful to see this new creation, and the foundations for the Nova Gaia being laid!
As I’ve mentioned to some before, Big Island Video news is my favorite video page to go to and / or follow to get more “actual” news (not hyped up for ratings) about the volcano. This video also addresses the rumor of part of the island breaking off.. at about 6 minutes. Great explanation and based on data not rumors or speculation. At least in my view.
And yes, it’s possible this was initiated by Puna Geothernal Venture and maybe some scalar event. But this vide gives some of the data.
These are in reverse chronological order as I found them. The top one is probably the most spectacular view of the lava flows, and the second one shows how the lava level in the vent at Halemaumau (up in Volcanoes National Park, at about 4400 feet) suddenly dropped, starting around 5-5-18. Thanks to the works of all these people that are flying over (and some standing next to the lava) and capturing these views. Mahalo to DH for posting the second one.