Hawaiian volcano lava flow slows, but remains active

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Hawaiian volcano lava flow slows, but remains active


Lava from the Kilauea volcano has stalled but Hawaiian authorities say there is still an active threat. There are now active breakouts behind the leading edge, causing a widening of the flow. Lava has been pouring from the volcano since June 27th. So far it has crossed one road, toppled trees and burned a shed and vegetation, but has not yet touched any homes. –By Thea Breite
An active lava lake is inside a crater at the summit of the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawai on Sept. 17, 2014. (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
Geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) survey the lava flow Sept. 16, 2014, (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
HVO geologists walk over the surface of a lava flow to track surface breakouts near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii October 22, 2014. The lava began flowing from the Kilauea Volcano on June 27 and as of October 24 the flow front was 0.7 miles from Pahoa Village Road, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. About 4,000 people live in the residential communities that the lava is approaching. (U.S. Geological Survey/Reuters)
A close view of the surface activity from the lava flow.Residents on Hawaii’’s southernmost island have already dealt with one tropical storm this year and are currently coping with the threat of slowly encroaching lava. (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
The lava flow that began on June 27th crossed Apa’a Street on October 25, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Scientists from the HVy conducted ground and air observations of the lava flow from the volcano and determined that it was 560 yards upslope from Pahoa Village Road and the flow width was about 55 yards at the leading edge. Molten rock from the flow was inching its way towards homes in the town of Pahoa. (U.S. Geological Survey/Getty)
The horizontal incandescent cracks seen in the center and right portions of the photo indicate that the flow was inflating, according to the USGS. (U.S. Geological Survey/Reuters)
A portion of the front of the June 27th lava flow burns through thick vegetation and a fence on October 26, 2014. (U.S. Geological Survey/Getty)
Lava has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa. After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in the Big Island community Oct. 28. The lava flow easily burned down an empty shed at about 7:30 a.m., several hours after entering a residential property in Pahoa Village, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. Residents of Pahoa Village, the commercial center of the island’s rural Puna district south of Hilo, have had weeks to prepare for what’s been described as a slow-motion disaster. Most have either already left or are prepared to. (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
Smoke rises from the Pu’u O’o vent on the Kilauea Volcano October 29, 2014. A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava flow has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, moving at speeds of 10 to 15 yards an hour as it bubbled over a cemetery and reached the community’s outskirts. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
Lava spouts from a hot spot October 29, 2014. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
The lava flow inches closer to the village of Pahoa, Hawaii October 29, 2014. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
Smoke rises from the lava flow October 29. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
Residents and onlookers look out towards the area where the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has reached the town in Pahoa, Hawaii October 29, 2014. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of the former plantation town. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
Burning debris can be seen in the lava flow. (Marco Garcia/Reuters)
Lava threatens the town of Pahoa, October 29, 2014. The volcano has been active since a fissure eruption on in January 1983. It attracts tourists who travel to Hawaii to watch red hot glowing lava flow into the Pacific Ocean. (Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/EPA)
A homeowner desperately tries to slow the flow down by spraying water on it. (Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/EPA)
The lava flow enters private property just down the street from Pahoa businesses on Oct. 30. (Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/EPA)
Houses sit among recent lava flow Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten miles from Pahoa, the small Hawaii town is held hostage by a slowly oozing stream of lava from Kilauea volcano. People are rebuilt on land that was almost entirely swallowed by molten rock nearly 30 years ago. (Audrey McAvoy/AP)
Lava near the leading edge of the flow oozes over a concrete slab and towards a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa. The flow has slowed but largely has remained on course. Pahoa residents say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it creeps toward the ocean. (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
The lava flow crossed Apa‘a Street as it surged towards Pahoa. (Bruce Omori/Paradise Helicopters/EPA)
Senior Airman Rory Valle, 291st Combat Communications Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, checks the temperature of hardened lava at the Puna lava flow near the village of Pahoa October 30, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Katie Gray/U.S. Army National Guard/Reuters)
Lava flow burns vegetation near the town of Pahoa.The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation (U.S. Geological Survey/AP)
An HVO geologist maps the margin of the Kilauea volcano lava flow using GPS near Pahoa on November 1, 2014 . Hawaii civil defense officials say the lava flow that’s been inching its way down hill towards the village of Pahoa for weeks is still very much active but that it hasn’t advanced in the last 48 hours. (U.S. Geological Survey/Reuters)
A native Hawaiian offering is left on dried lava in Puna, Hawaii October 30, 2014. The Puna lava flow is now approximately 140 meters from the Pahoa Village Road, the main street in the town of Pahoa, Hawaii. (US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD/ Katie Gray)



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