Photo and Video Chronology - Kīlauea - September 15, 2014

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June 27th flow enters northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads

 

June 27th flow enters northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads...

The June 27th lava flow remains active and continues advancing towards the northeast. Recently, the flow front entered the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and is currently within the vacant, forested northwest portion of the subdivision. The flow front was 3.3 km (2.1 miles) upslope from Apa‘a Road and 4.3 km (2.7 miles) from Pāhoa Village Road.

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Another view of the flow front, in the northwest portion of Kaohe H...

Another view of the flow front, in the northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

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A closer view of surface activity on the June 27th lava flow. This...

A closer view of surface activity on the June 27th lava flow. This pāhoehoe flow consists of many small, scattered, slow-moving lobes burning vegetation.

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HVO geologists conduct a VLF (very-low frequency) survey to measure...

HVO geologists conduct a VLF (very-low frequency) survey to measure the rate of lava flowing through the lava tube on the June 27th lava flow.

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An HVO geologist conducts a very-low frequency (VLF) survey of the ...

An HVO geologist conducts a very-low frequency (VLF) survey of the lava tube to measure the rate of lava flowing through the tube. The measurement consists of two steps. First, a transect of VLF measurements across the roof of the tube is used to measure the cross-sectional area of lava flowing through the tube. Second, a radar gun is used to measure the speed that lava is flowing at that location. An open skylight is required for this speed measurement. By multiplying the cross-sectional area with the velocity, the volume rate of lava flowing through the tube can be estimated. Today's measurement showed a flow rate of 5.8 cubic meters per second (roughly 1500 gallons per second). Tracking the lava supply rate like this can be helpful for anticipating fluctuations in activity at the flow front.

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