Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kīlauea Update, Thursday, August 16, 2018, Oia mau nō…for now…

Ahhhh…The cool drippy heights of Keaʻau ma uka. One day hot, next day not. The unsettledness applies to the weathers too. But…good the rain. Keeps our tanks topped off, and replenishes those drawn down by summer visitors. Remember, please, that all of Volcano relies on water catchment for…water. Everyone has a tank of some sort in their yard: redwood tanks, doughboy pools, corrugated metal tanks, old 55 gallon drums, big plastic tanks, and those made of ferrocement. Those like the Park, needing bigger storage, use reservoirs. And I was thinking about this because yesterday my pump broke. Good thing mh, an excellent plumber friend, had a spare at his house. Replaced the old one in two shakes. BIG BIG mahalo!
“Oia mau nō” is a phrase used sometimes to answer Pehea ʻoe? How are you?. Oia mau nō translates to something like “still the same”…and of course requires some context. We certainly arenʻt the same as we were in April. Or May, June, or July. But for the last 11 days or so, as far as pele goes, weʻre still the same up here. Quiet. Though still a bit tense, because we donʻt know…

ʻŌlaʻi certainly have diminished. As stupefying as they were for months, equally stupefying is their near absence now. FOUR in the last day.

Ten thousand plus in the last month. Of course not all those were felt, but those of us up here, depending on exact location, substrate, type of construction of house, we felt many.
Hundreds during the month. Yes. Hundreds. You shoulda been here. Especially for the 60+ exploquakes.

Those exploquakes (my term) are illustrated below as the big jagged UPdowns. Those Magnitude 5.3-no-tsunami-generated ones. Pretty much daily.

They were caused by, or were the cause of, the incremental collapse of Halemaʻumaʻu and the floor of Kaluapele as Pele withdrew her magma.

And, lava is being withdrawn too, from Fissure 8. Yesterday, only a tiny pond was visible.

And we have evolving shorelines at the coast. A beautiful protected kūpuna and keiki pond, only requiring installation of a handicapped railing to ease entry down the boat ramp.

A note of caution, though. Iʻd guess that much of the sand is brand new. As such, itʻs shiny and black, and…quite sharp. Not the best to walk on barefoot right away. Rough edges need abrading; tumbling in surf to smooth them out.

Looks like good surf! And this angle shows two other pools. Maybe weʻll have more Waiwelawela, warm pools, to laze in. Iʻll guess that the longshore currents will continue to re-sculpt the shoreline, perhaps even filling in the bay to the left.
On the horizon, looking east-ish, L to R: Halekamahina, Waiapele (Kapoho Crater), Kūkiʻi.

OK then…On with the day.

Be alert, and donʻt get too comfortable or complacent!

be outside…pay attention noho i waho…a maliu

As always, with aloha,


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