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Scientists watching new lava flow headed toward Royal Gardens

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 10:52 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2011


A new lava flow is advancing down the east slope of Puu Oo crater and may pose a threat to the Royal Gardens subdivision if it continues, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Lava began overflowing the west rim of Puu Oo crater early Tuesday feeding a new lava flow moving downslope on the crater's west side.

Two lava lakes are active in Puu Oo, one on the west and the other on the east side of the crater.

Activity on Tuesday was on the west side of the crater from about 2 a.m. Tuesday until 2:25 a.m. today when lava broke through the east rim.

The new fissure fed a lava flow that advanced rapidly downslope to the east.

If the flow continues to advance, it will likely head southeast toward Royal Gardens and could reach the what's left of the subdivision in the next few days, scientists said.  

Royal Gardens has been overrun by lava several times and has no paved road access. A handful of people still live there, although much of the area is abandoned.

Lava flowed over the crater rim last week, but the flows stopped over the weekend.

The Puu Oo crater floor collapsed in early August dropping the floor level by about 245 feet. Lava broke out from the west side of the crater and advanced for several days before stopping. Lava reappeared in the crater on Aug. 21 and formed two new lava lakes that have been filling the crater ever since.

Lava also drained from Puu Oo on March 5 during the Kamoamoa fissure eruption.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting since January 3, 1983.







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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
This might be interesting, but isn't it significantly more relevant/helpful to comment on whether this new flow is in the path of homes/development and/or is otherwise a concern for us? Otherwise, this is simply a "nice to know but so what?" article.
on September 21,2011 | 08:58AM
innocentBystander wrote:
You wen read da artical oh wat, babooze?
on September 21,2011 | 12:59PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
When this article was first posted, it had nothing about Royal Gardens nor anything else about what the threat to people might be. Guess my comment may have made the difference!
on September 21,2011 | 02:36PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
This might be interesting, but isn't it significantly more relevant/helpful to comment on whether this new flow is in the path of homes/development and/or is otherwise a concern for us? Otherwise, this is simply a "nice to know but so what?" article.
on September 21,2011 | 08:58AM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
SA please tell me why I can comment on this article which is breaking news, when most of the articles under the header breaking news will not allow comments? My renewal notice is sitting in the to do pile. I am getting fed up with a process that is inconsistent. You have my email address, feel free to respond directly if that is your preference.
on September 21,2011 | 04:21PM
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