KALAPANA, Hawaii – The front of the 61g lava flow is now 1/2 mile from the Pacific Ocean, as its slow crawl on the coastal plain continues.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the latest incremental advance was measured based on a satellite image from July 13. Photos from the images were posted to the HVO website yesterday.
Scientists say bright incandescence remains visible in overnight webcam views of the active lava flow field, marking lava tube skylights and areas of active breakouts on the pali and along the flow as it extends towards the coast.
Videographer Mick Kalber also made note of the many skylights above the flow during an overflight on Thursday. “An enormous amount of lava can be seen coursing beneath the ground… much more than we see on the surface anywhere,” Kalber wrote. “We can only assume the field is inflating and Pele will break out soon to continue her journey to re-unite with her sister, Na Maka, the Goddess of the Sea.”
Maps show the distal tip of the lava flow crossing the boundary into the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The timing is remarkable, as the arrival of the lava coincides with the national park’s 100-year celebration. The United States Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono honoring the 100th anniversaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island and Haleakala National Park on Maui. Senator Hirono’s resolution recognizes August 1 as “Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks Day.”
“For the last century, residents of Hawaii, the United States, and the world have visited Haleakala National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and gained a greater appreciation for the natural environment, the history of Hawaii, and Native Hawaiian culture,” said Senator Hirono in a media release. “I thank my colleagues for joining me in this effort, and encourage as many people as possible from across the nation to come to Hawaii to visit these national treasures.”