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Officials continue to monitor lava as Ana approaches

Big Island officials are monitoring two potential disasters — Tropical Storm Ana and the approaching lava from Kilauea volcano.

“We did our flight this morning.  Very little change since yesterday, other than the flow advanced, the front of the flow advanced another 75-85 yards.  229 more words


"Everybody's on Edge, Honey"

It’s early Monday morning and NeNe, my swimming buddy, and I are on the phone.   She sounds good but weary. “Everybody’s on edge, Honey,” she says. 553 more words

Kilauea lava flow creeps northward, still 0.7 miles away from subdivision

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists say an active Kilauea lava flow continues to creep northward.

A Civil Defense overflight Tuesday morning found that the flow front had advanced an additional 370 meters (400 yards) since Monday afternoon. 271 more words


Frank A. Perret Versus the Volcano

All volcanologists must be a little crazy somewhere deep down inside.

Frank Alvord Perret was perhaps the craziest, or so it seems to a layman. Why else would he stick a crowbar down almost the length of his arm into the brightly glowing fissure of an erupting volcano and then pull the bar out again…just to test a hypothesis? 1,992 more words

Geoscientist Of The Week

A churning lava lake at Kilauea's summit is seen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A churning lava lake at Kilauea’s summit is seen at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  U.S. Geological Survey via AP

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State of emergency declared on Big Island due to Kilauea lava

Lava from Kilauea continues to inch its way closer to homes in Puna.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed Thursday an emergency proclamation for the advancing lava flow in the Wao Kele O Puna area after the flow extended to less than a mile from the edge of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision. 470 more words