August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Kīlauea Update, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Next….
OK, people… We wake up (this morning at 330. Who knows why?), have some coffee (black, please), and wonder, wonder, wonder…

Pause, lull, respite, pau?, She going start again?, When? Where? When the Park going open? Whatʻs up with Puʻuʻōʻō? Why? How come? Going get hurricane? How big? The Fire on Maunaloa. Still burning? Where going?

Who knows????

Talking with friend AM yesterday, we agreed that weʻre kind of asea. That after ALL the activity of the last three months, now, ironically, life is (almost) too quiet. We got used to the energy in the air. And yes, those who know me understand that Iʻm not inclined to get onboard with crystals, and auras, and what-la, but… there were palpable energies in the air and underfoot since May. My entire body was slightly tense. Waiting and wondering, next…next ʻōlaʻi (when, how big), next collapse (how much, where), next lava flow (where, how fast, how extensive), whatʻll pele inundate next, where will the road crack next?

Though Iʻve been watching and learning from Pele for 40+ years, the main thing Iʻve learned is that Sheʻll do what Sheʻs going to do on her own schedule, at her own pace. We are powerless. We fight, we lose. Trying to answer Why? is fruitless, because the answer is, Because.

So we wait, we observe, we talk with those who also observe. We read, we study, we try to understand, we make notes, lots and lots of notes, and we live our lives.

Down at Keahialaka, the glow remains, and I imagine that pele is still oozing there and here, pulled ma kai by gravity. The last dribbles, cooling and clotting. Pohoiki remains. For now. If indeed this luaʻi pele is over, then Yay! Just gotta clean the road by MacKenzie (not that much, I think), and weʻre good to go. Fish, surf…and, the cool thing is that the new little lae (the protruding point) provides extra protection to the boat ramp. If IF if pele remains as is.

But, if pele reactivates ma uka, who knows where sheʻll go?

This from Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure, taken yesterday. His images are stunning, and provide us with excellent interpretive opportunities:

ExtremeExposure, Bruce Omori

Then from HVO:

And, thanks to Mr Durginʻs cam, this morning weʻre still able to see dawnglow.

Here are a couple videos. First from Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Video, via his Vimeo page:

August 5, 2018, Sunday, Fissure 8 slows…

Then from HVO yesterday, August 6, 2018

HVO aerial video, Fissure 8, August 6, 2018

Moving Uprift to Puʻuʻōʻō:

Another from Bruce Omori, looking uprift from the fuming Fissure 8. Note line of steam emanating from fissures. Green is the Puna Geothermal Venture facility.

Then, at Puʻuʻōʻō:

The wisp of steamgas is blown by trades. This is the cam (see the shadow of the tripod?) on Puʻuhalulu (roaring thundering hill) formed during the early phases of the Puʻuʻōʻō eruption in the early 1980ʻs. A tiny wedge of Maunaloa at the upper right.

Itʻs been noted in HVO Updates that Puʻuʻōʻō has been degassing intermittently for a few weeks. a combination of steam and SO2, recently a little more than 1,000 tons of SO2 per day. That amount is higher than seen from Puʻuʻōʻō in several years.

Iʻm recalling from the recesses of my crowded brain, that Puʻuʻōʻō can sometimes be a chimney, allowing steam and magmatic gases from the underlying dike to escape. Maybe if the LERZ (Lower East Rift Zone) is clogged, gases escape easiest from Puʻuʻōʻō, which, remember, was the primary vent for much of 35 years, and likely has a well-developed connection to the supplying dike.

And at the Summit Region of Kīlauea:

Letʻs start with ʻōlaʻi. First, those for the last Day. 10. Ten. Ten earthquakes. And we can easily count them.

Then, those for the last Month: 15,527: A storm of confetti. Remember to refer to the Legend for age Times. See the lone Red one as above? No wonder some of us miss the company. Especially of our exploquakes, those of the M5.3 No-Tsunami-Generated. I had come to look forward to them and their unique motions. Go figure.

Then the Tilt:

Down at the ERZ, stepping downward, deflating…

And below, at the Summit, 8/5-7/18. The microradian scale on the vertical “Y” axis at the left is from [+1.5 to -1.5], and was apparently adjusted to smaller increments so we can see smaller changes, thus the jittery appearance of the line [thanks, bs].

Below, for comparison, the same instrument, 8/4-6/18, with a scale of [+12 to -2] on the “Y” axis. “X” axis times on both are the same.

Here, a general overview, annotated by me, of Kaluapele. USGS photo yesterday morning. Spectacular, noeuahi-free skies. I wonder how long itʻll take us to get used to the view?

The two images below are first, from GoogleEarth, and the second, also from yesterdays flight by USGS, also annotated. They are at slightly different angles, but of the same general scene. The white cloud in the first is uahi ʻawa (sulphur smoke) from Halemaʻumaʻu. Good thing GoogleEarth still has old images so we can still see the Halemaʻumaʻu Parking Lot.


Above, especially note the new pali of the newly exposed South Sulphur Bank.

Here, an interesting Report by NPS and then an article in The Hawaiian Journal of History.

2006 NPS Crater Rim Cultural Landscape Inventory

HJH, Jackson, “Bombs in a National Park…”

Especially in the NPS report, itʻs amazing how frequently roads were built, rebuilt, repaired, rebuilt again; all after damage by significant ʻōlaʻi and/or inundation by pele.

What if we stopped doing that? What if we let the damage be, let Pelehonuamea and relatives do their work, and stay out of the way? What if? After all, She was here long before us and shall remain long after we are gone.

Below, from, I think NPS, is an image of portion of Crater Rim Drive. If memory serves, this is on the flat of Akanikōlea, view more or less toward the east and Keanakākoʻi. eb and I had the pleasure of walking here frequently, enjoying views of Kaluapele, an ʻenuhe (the counterpart of one further along in Kaʻū), noe ʻawa rising from Halemaʻumaʻu, Maunakea and the puʻu Poliahu and Waiau, both with similar faces, and the steep, dark, Haukea; the varied clouds, winds, mists and rains….and soaring koaʻe kea. How we miss it all…

Just to the left of the image above is a little prominence, a specific place at Akanikōlea, the place we are told Kamapuaʻa stood and taunted Pele as she resided in Halemaʻumaʻu. I had always been puzzled about Why? Why there? Because having stood at that edge, I couldnʻt see inside Halemaʻumaʻu. It was too far away, I thought. Or so I thought. NOW I understand.

And the fire on Maunaloa, in Keauhou and Kapāpala, sadly still burns. As seen at noon today on the M1 cam on the HVO site, view toward Maunaloa.

Winds are brisk today, though rains from approaching Hector may help put it out.

Speaking of which:

is EXCELLENT! The bar at the bottom is a calendar. Scroll to view The Future. Pretty handy.

I apologize for the length of this one. Sometimes cannot help.

OK. Till tomorrow, as long as the lights stay on.

As always, with aloha,

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