photo location and approx. angle fixed by placemark for this one:
Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, but in late April and early May 2018 the volcanic eruption took a dangerous new turn.
acquired May 3, 2018
During the last week of April, the lava lake at Halema‘uma‘u Overlook crater overflowed several times and then began to drain rapidly after the crater floor partially collapsed. Soon after, a swarm of earthquakes spread across Kilauea’s East Rift Zone as magma moved underground. On May 3, 2018, several new fissures cracked open the land surface in the Leilani Estates subdivision, leaking gases and spewing fountains of lava. As of May 7, 2018, slow-moving lava flows had consumed 35 homes in that community of 1,500 people.
have managed to find one photo scene and made overlay (off as default) of fissures-map by another source:
Volcanic activity continues on Kilauea's east rift zone, as a robust fissure eruption in Leilani Estates sends a massive flow into the subdivision, consuming all in its path, near Pahoa, Hawaii, May 6, 2018. BRUCE OMORI / PARADISE HELICOPTERS/EPA-EFE
Latest news about the volcanic activity on Hawaii...
Lava from the Kilauea volcano is now encroaching on the property of a geothermal plant. It is blocked for now by a berm on the boundary of the plant, according to Hawaii spokeswoman Janet Snyder. It is 300 yards (274 meters) from the nearest geothermal well pad.
The plant harnesses energy from the volcano for electricity. Underground wells bring up steam and hot liquid, and the steam feeds a turbine generator.
Plant workers as a precaution earlier this month removed 50,000 gallons (190,000 liters) of a flammable gas stored at the site.
Two days ago, the river of lava finally entered the ocean. This has caused an even more dangerous situation for residents of the island. Besides burning down everything in its path, the lava produces billows of sulfiric acid and tiny shards of glass when it enters water. Anyone downwind from the plume is in danger of severe health problems. At the same time, more fissures have opened between the Kilauea's crater and the ocean, tripling sulfur dioxide gas emissions. The number of fissures now is about 20. Evacuation orders are constantly updated, with the usual few insisting they stay behind. One such man was injured yesterday when a "lava bomb" flew onto his leg as he sat on his porch. He is recovering from his severe burn in the hospital. A few residents have been rescued by helicopter when lava closed roads out of the area. As the situation becomes more dire, pilots will be less likely to risk their lives to save people who will not evacuate.
" Air Force Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony wears a gas mask as he stands next to a wall of lava entering the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii." That looks just plain terrifying!
Tracking the Kilauea Eruption NASA-EO article / May 14th, 2018 by Adam Voiland
This map overlays a georegistered mosaic of thermal images collected during a U.S. Geological Survey helicopter overflight of the fissures in Leilani Estates on May 9, 2018. ... Temperature in the thermal image is displayed as gray-scale values, with the brightest pixels indicating the hottest areas (white shows active breakouts). Image: Courtesy of USGS, Copyright Digital Globe, NextView License.
What's Going On With the Volcano? Current Conditions Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory by National Parks Service
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 10:40 AM HST: -Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. -Fissure 8 fountaining persisted throughout the night, and the channelized flow continued to deliver lava northeast along Highway 132 to the Kapoho area. Lava is advancing along a 0.5-mile-wide front towards the ocean at Kapoho Bay between Kapoho Beach Road and Kapoho Kai Drive. As of 7:30 AM HST, the lava flow was about 430 yards from the ocean. Other branches of the Fissure 8 lava flow were inactive. -All other fissures are inactive, although Fissure 9 is steaming heavily. -Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.
Map as of 11:00 a.m. HST, June 3, 2018. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea's lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. (see large map)
Well, syzygy, that's quite poetic and also funny! The Big Island is the one with consistently active volcanoes. Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Not frequent, just guaranteed to happen if you wait long enough. I've been to the island, there are large swaths of black lava, but also normal tropical landscapes. I've been to the state of Hawaii six times and it didn't feel dangerous, it felt claustrophobic. Beautiful, relaxing...but after two weeks the fact that you can't get in your car and drive for hours and hours starts to get to you! You're trapped!
Regarding the whole archipelago blasting off into space or collapsing inward, as ET Explorer suggests, only Pele knows! Here is the goddess's image from Wikipedia...
In 2003 the Volcano Art Center had a special competition for Pele paintings to replace one done in the early 20th century by D. Howard Hitchcock displayed in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitors center. Some criticized what looked like a blond caucasian as the Hawaiian goddess. The winner of the contest was Pahoa, Hawaii artist Arthur Johnsen. This version shows the goddess in shades of red, with a digging stick in her left hand (the ʻōʻō, for which the currently erupting vent was named), and an embryonic form of Hiʻiaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele in her right hand. The painting is now on display at the Kīlauea Visitor Center on the edge of the Kīlauea crater. Source
Maybe it's too much to hope that the Kilauea Visitor Center, and the painting, are still there.
As of yesterday "...600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows from Kilauea Volcano on Big Island since early last month, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times..." Source
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. - W.H. Davies, from "Leisure"
hey, NASA has taken my words in their article on doom of Vacationland...!:
Lava Consumes Vacationland and Kapoho Bay June 13, 2018
Steaming fissures first began to crack open and spread lava across Hawaii’s Leilani Estates neighborhood on May 3, 2018. Since then, more than 20 fissures have opened on Kilauea’s Lower East Rift Zone, though most of the lava flows have been small and short-lived.
Not so for fissure number 8. That crack in the Earth has been regularly generating large fountains of lava that soar tens to hundreds of feet into the air. It has produced a large, channelized lava flow that has acted like a river, eating through the landscape as it flows toward the sea.
acquired June 7, 2018
While the fissure 8 lava flow initially remained in relatively narrow channels, it began to widen significantly as it neared the coastline and passed over flatter land. It evaporated Hawaii’s largest lake in a matter of hours, and devastated the communities of Vacationland and Kapoho, destroying hundreds of homes. ...
The new land at Kapoho Bay is quite dynamic, fragile, and dangerous. “Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water,” USGS warns. Since lava deltas are built on unconsolidated fragments and sand, the loose material can abruptly collapse or quickly erode in the surf.
The plumes that form where lava meets seawater are also hazardous. Sometimes called “laze,” these white plumes of hydrochloric acid gas, steam, and tiny shards of volcanic glass can cause skin and eye irritation and breathing difficulties. When Sentinel-2 captured this image, the laze plume streamed west and mixed with clouds.
Pele's Hair is Kilauea's latest spectacle. Fine, golden threads of glass make a layer in areas of the landscape and also drift in the wind. The threads are caused by the popping of lava bubbles. The crust breaks into shards, which are beautiful and dangerous to people and animals when wind carries them into drinking water. Read more about Pele's Hair at LiveScience.
It would be very tempting to walk on this!
Photos from LiveScience.com, linked in above text.
River of lava filmed two days ago. It's fast and wide, no more leisurely pace of the first few weeks.
Aerial Survey of River of Lava as it Flows Down Valley in Hawaii. HD Video by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Jackson | State of Hawaii, Dep. of Def., Public Affairs Office | 06.16.2018 -- Footage from an Hawaii ANG survey of the Kilauea eruption. Starting with fissure eight, that has developed a sizable cone around it and is sending channelized lava down to Kapoho. The lava river is at time well over 100 foot across a moves quickly. (U.S. AIR National Guard video by Tech. Sgt Andrew Jackson.)
Remarkable Images of the Kilauea Eruption You May Have Missed
July 17th, 2018 by Adam Voiland
For more than two months, lava has been pouring from part of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land surface. More data and imagery of the eruption is flowing in from satellites, drones, and ground-based sensors than Earth Observatory can cover, but here are a few striking images that we would be remiss not to share.
By The Lava’s Early Light
NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold tweeted this nighttime photograph of lava on June 20, 2018. If the Star Spangled Banner had been composed in Hawaii rather than Baltimore, maybe “lava’s early light” would have made it into the lyrics. / Credit: NASA ... Caldera Collapse Seen from the Ground
This sequence of images shows rapid subsidence of the caldera floor, along with the development of scarps. One photograph is shown per day between June 13 and 24. The photos were taken from the southern caldera rim, near Keanakāko‘i Crater, and face north. Image / Credit: USGS. ...