Friday, August 10, 2018
Kīlauea Update, Friday, August 10, 2018, Photo tour for Kelsey and Owen…
K&O: With all best wishes, and warmest aloha, for a long and happy marriage!

The air here at Keaʻau ma uka is still and heavy. The icky ikiiki is not my favorite, unless Iʻm standing under a waterfall…[ikiiki = stifling humidity].

But, the really really good thing is the weathers have knocked down the Keauhou fire on Maunaloa, and Kīpukakī was apparently spared. Whew. I hope. From the HVO M1 cam this morning, looks like no smoke:

And the basics:

Tilt still looks steady. No big + or -.

ʻŌlaʻi are still still. The one yesterday as I was writing is shown on the attached. To me, its depth shows that mayhaps it was a structural adjustment, or an aftershock of the M6.9 in the same area on May 4, 2018. And the 12 earthquakes in the last day are countable on the map! Amazing. Not theyʻre countable, but that theyʻre so few…

And the HVO Flow Map and stats:

And the HVO Thermal Map:

Please, please note that The Eruption is NOT over. “small lava pond in crater” “…ocean entry point(s)”. It is NOT over. Please, again, go read Macdonald and Eatonʻs report of the 1955 eruption. Pele moved here and there, and exhibited many different moods. Itʻs heartbreaking to watch Big Island Video News videos, especially of residents of Leilani Estates testifying of their desires to return to their homes, but…sigh…

USGS, Macdonald and Eaton, Kīlauea in 1955

Mr Durginʻs cam just after sunrise. F8 fumesteamy.

OK then. Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Video, posted on Vimeo:

Mick Kalber on Paradise Helicopters, 080918, flying Pohoiki to Kaluapele

Here are screenshots of the video, flown just after sunrise:

Pele is still perilously close, but note the black sand beach at the breakwater!

The steaming fissure system, early morning after rain, view uprift. Biggest steamfume is F8. Kaliʻu, noted in chant, is the puʻu at lower left.

Puʻuʻōʻō in foreground. Maunaloa above it, with puff of Halemaʻumaʻu steam. Slope of Maunakea at horizon right.

Only steam and gases emanate from Puʻuʻōʻō.

Kaluapele! Puff of steam as seen from Puʻuʻōʻō. To is right, tendrils of tradeblown smoke of the Keauhou fire. Small wedge of Kapāpala pasture too, just below and L of “TVV”. Recently exposed White South Sulphur Bank at left wall of caldera. And at bottom, in shadow, Kīlauea Iki partially filled with fogvapors.

As it was similarly, below, from the Kīlauea Iki Overlook, early morning on December 9, 2014. A wonder. Dome of Puʻupuaʻi at center. Photo by friend MS, and in background, slope of Maunaloa, plume of Halemaʻumaʻu and band of tan vog. We glimpsed the scene and stopped to record it on our way to walk to Keanakākoʻi. Thankful thankful for memories…alohaʻāinaaloha!

And with that, Iʻll be back writing to you on Tuesday, August 14.

As always, with aloha,

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