|Dozens of visitors gather at the Keanakākoʻi viewing area - the most crowded times are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the least busy time, visit in the wee hours and see the sunrise. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is open 24/7. NPS Photo by Janice Wei|
THE LAVA LAKE ROSE ANOTHER THREE FEET, and active lava is now visible from at least two vantage points in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. At the same time, the volume of S02 coming from Halema'uma'u Crater is dropping, making the air cleaner for communities downwind.
The Park reported Tuesday that a new lava viewing area is open just before Keanakākoʻi Crater, about a mile walk from Devastation Trail parking lot along old Crater Rim Drive. The lookout is marked by orange candlestick posts. "It is rocky, uneven terrain and a flashlight after dark is a must!
|The glow from the lava lake along the crater rim and the|
view of active lava at several vantage points are
bringing large crowds to Hawai'i Volcanoes
National Park. Photo by Jefferey Beach
"This is the closest you can safely get to the lava lake, which is about a half mile away. Lava fountains about 66 feet high were observed last night and today."
If Devastation Trail parking lot is full, park at Puʻupuaʻi and walk an extra half-mile to the Devastation Trail parking lot, to the Crater Rim Drive/Chain of Craters Road intersection, and out to Keanakākoʻi. Another excellent spot to see a section of the lava lake is from Uēkahuna, the pali (cliffs) near the former Jaggar Museum site. More parking is available there, and it’s a short walk on Crater Rim Trail to the left of the parking lot to the viewing site.
The Park notes that "Both spots are very crowded during peak hours which are between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Avoid these times to avoid the crowds. The park is open 24 hours a day, and viewing is exemplary before sunrise and after 9 p.m., weather permitting."
|Spectacular views of the lava and gases coming out of Halema'uma'u are expanded with the opening|
of new vantage points in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Jefferey Beach
For more information, visit the new eruption page on the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park website: https://go.nps.gov/new-eruption. Check air quality before going to the Park: www.HawaiiSO2Network.com.
|Within 90 minutes of it shaking Kaʻū, almost 600|
people from around the state reported feeling the 4.6
quake near Pāhala. USGS shake map
Within 90 minutes, almost 600 people reported to USGS that they felt the first quake around Hawai'i Island and on Maui
Hawai'i County Civil Defense issued a statement saying the quake was not large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawai'i.
The Pāhala area has recorded quakes frequently since August 2019. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported in May that "scientists hypothesized that some magma may be leaking from the mantle plume and migrating into the Pāhala region and stalling at depth. The inferred magma could pressurize the region, resulting in an increase in the number and variety of earthquakes occurring beneath Pāhala. While there is no direct evidence that magma is accumulating, it is
an interesting hypothesis that warrants more investigation."
For a more complete analysis of the Pāhala quakes, see the May 20 Volcano Watch at https://www.usgs.gov/center-news/volcano-watch-new-research-sheds-light-recent-p-hala-earthquake-swarms.
NEW PHONE SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO CON HAWAI'I ISLAND RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES, according to a statement from the police department. HPD warns that suspect(s) contact victims by phone, identifying themselves as either local, state, or federal officials. They tell intended
The suspects provide fictitious credentials over the phone such as a name, agency, badge number, and phone number. They further intimidate victims by revealing they know names of their family members and list them by name and where they live. Some victims reported that the scammer held other personal information and specifically described clothing that victims were wearing.
The public is reminded to never provide any personal information over the phone or online to anyone whose identity is unconfirmed.
Those who believe they are contacted by a person involved in a scam, either by phone or online, are urged to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.
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