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Picture of Lava In Hawai'i

Lava from Kilauea Volcano began entering the ocean once again on Saturday, drawing more visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Kilauea lava steams into sea in 3 cascades

VOLCANO, Hawaii » Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park report an increase in the number of visitors since Saturday, when lava from Kilauea once again began entering the ocean.

As of yesterday the current surface flow was about 100 yards wide and penetrating up to 15 yards further into the ocean from the existing coastline.

"Lava in the PKK flow continues to pour onto the old Lae'apuki delta and then into the ocean," reports Don Swanson, research scientist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "From a distance, three large cascades are visible coming down the old sea cliff, and other smaller cascades drop into the sea from the front of the delta."

Lava from Kilauea last reached the ocean in late summer.

While the ocean entry is spectacular, it can also be dangerous. When the lava hits the ocean, it creates an acid steam plume of "laze," or lava haze containing sulfuric, hydrochloric and other harmful acids.

Ranger Jim Gale, the park's chief of interpretation, warns park visitors about other unique dangers caused by current conditions.

"'Limu o pele' are tiny glass pieces in the laze that look like flecks of thin, transparent seaweed," said Gale. "The hydrofluoric acid in the steam plume can even scratch eyeglasses and camera lenses, to say nothing of what it can do to your eyes and throat."

Current activity is occurring inside the park about three miles along the coastline from the end of Chain of Craters Road. A typical round-trip hike from that point to the flow takes four to six hours, Gale said.

Seen in the Honolulu StarBulletin

Cross-posted to abouthawaii


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Nov. 9th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
this is actually a comment on your military entry...

when Haunani-Kay Trask came to Evergreen College as a guest speaker in our "decolonizing the americas" course, I remember her telling everyone that wanted to come to Hawaii as a tourist not to. She addressed the horrible impact that tourism has had on the living environment there. She also talked about the appropriation of "aloha" and Hawaiian identity. to make a long story a little shorter, I thought she was cool.

and it sounds like we have similar views on the military. I've had to resign myself to accepting the amount of military mentality there is in the Indian community. Guys I know who are anti-government gangsters and otherwise native-centric will suddenly come off saying they are thinking of joining the frickin military. I try to be respectful while wincing. what I want to do is scream "YOU KNOW THOSE PEOPLE YOU ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT? YOU WILL BE THEIR BITCH FOR LIFE DUMB-ASS!!!".

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