Stunning Hawaii Aerial Footage Shows Mile-Wide Volcanic Front, 230 Ft Lava Geyser

Aerial and satellite photos taken over the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's big island reveal the extent of devastation caused by the massive eruption which began on May 3 - destroying 600 homes, roughly 500 of which occurred after the most recent eruption, which sent lava coursing through the communities of Kapoho beach and Vacationland. While thousands of people have been evacuated from the region, officials fear up to a dozen residents who refused to leave are dead. 

The USGS notes that an estimated 4008.2 million cubic feet of lava has saturated the Eastern side of the Big Island - which would fill 45,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or 11 million dump trucks - enough to cover Manhattan Island up to a depth of six feet

Aerial footage shows the flow front covering nearly a mile of coastline spewing toxic steam, also known as "vog," which will be blown inland until at least Sunday. 

Meanwhile, fissure #8 is belching a steady fountain of lava up to 230 feet in the air. 

Flow map as of Friday:

A helicopter flyover of the crater shows the funnel-shaped collapsed floor with a deeper cylindrical shaft filled with rubble. 

A special mention goes out to the USGS Volcano social media team (@USGSVolcanoes, Facebook), who have been working hard to provide a constant flow of critical updates and stunning footage of the ongoing Kilauea eruption, along with fun facts:

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SmallerGovNow2 SWRichmond Sun, 06/10/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

The USGS notes that an estimated 4008.2 million cubic feet of lava has saturated the Eastern side of the Big Island - which would fill 45,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or 11 million dump trucks - enough to cover Manhattan Island up to a depth of six feet

 

But this kind of thing is NEVER factored in to the green weenie's possible reasons for sea level rise!  Nor are the sediments that are constantly being deposited in the oceans from rivers and streams!  

 

CO2 is plant food!

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fleur de lis JimmyJones Sun, 06/10/2018 - 11:53 Permalink

It will take another century to peel back all the layers that went into the planning, management, and aftermath of WW2.

Many years ago someone told me that our slave masters were planning the IndoPak partition before the war ended.

That made more sense to me because I never could figure out how all the murderous hostility suddenly bubbled up and millions of impoverished people could pull off such a feat.

In light of current events it now makes sense.

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OldTrooper Taint Boil Sun, 06/10/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

This appears to be settled law.  See Hawaii Supreme Court opinion, in the 1977 case State by Kobayashi v. Zimring, 566 P.2d 725 (https://law.justia.com/cases/hawaii/supreme-court/1977/5522-2.html).

The court held that the newly created land vested in the State of Hawaii.

The dissent is interesting and to my mind better reasoned.  It's a shame there wasn't an appeal.  I'd be interested to know if anyone knows of or finds anything different.

 

 

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