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VolcanoWatch 26 June 2011

Posted by feww on June 26, 2011

VoW: The Restive Kīlauea

Kīlauea: Probably the World’s Most Active Volcano

Kīlauea is the youngest volcano on the Big Island of Hawai`i.

The active lava lake in Pu`u `Ō `ō and its levee. View looking east into Pu`u `Ō `ō, its crater partly filled by lava flows accumulating on the crater floor. The active lava lake in the crater is 205 m (673 ft) long and varies in width from 80–115 m (262–377 ft). The West Gap pit is in the central foreground, and the Puka Nui and MLK pits are to the right (the MLK pit is in back). The crater has filled in vertically about 100 m (328 ft) since the crater collapsed on March 5, 2011, at the start of the uprift Kamoamoa eruption. It still has about 12 m (39 ft) to go to reach the level of the crater floor prior to the collapse. Source of image and caption: HVO. Click images to enlarge.

Lighter-colored patches of lava on the crater floor are recent overflows. Source: HVO.

Along with overflows, low-level spattering from points wandering around the perimeter of the lava lake continually builds up the levee that impounds the lake. Source: HVO.

The lava lake’s levee stands up to 8 m (26 ft) above the surrounding crater floor. This steep-sided levee impounds the lava and forms what is called a “perched” lava lake. Pieces of the rim occasionally collapse into the lake, leading to sudden and fast-moving overflows of lava onto the crater floor. Source: HVO.

Map of Kīlauea. Source: HVO

  • Location: 19.425ºN 155.292ºW
  • Elev.: 1,277 m a.s.l.
  • Area: 1,430 km2 (13.7% of Hawai`i)
  • Volume: 25,000-35,000 km3

Click HERE for more images and information …

Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

(based on SI /USGS report for 15 June – 21 June 2011)

New activity/unrest:

FEWW Map of Volcanoes

Map of Volcanoes. Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

Ongoing Activity

Current Alerts for U.S. Volcanoes

  • Kilauea Watch Orange 2011-06-25 07:53:30
  • Pagan Advisory Yellow 2011-06-24 10:23:48
  • Long Valley Volcanic Center Normal Green 2011-06-24 17:58:30
  • Mauna Loa Normal Green 2011-06-04 07:16:42
  • Hualalai Normal Green 2011-06-04 07:16:42
  • Haleakala Normal Green 2011-06-04 07:16:42
  • Mauna Kea Normal Green 2011-06-04 07:16:42
  • Yellowstone Normal Green 2011-06-01 14:15:51
  • Lo`ihi Unassigned 2011-06-04 07:16:42

US Volcanoes: Webcams

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Leaving the Mortals Behind

Posted by feww on December 26, 2009

Image of the Day:

US President and family leave the snowy continental US to the local mortals as they wing it to the warmth of Hawaii Volcanoes

Mr Barak Obama and family leave behind snowy Washington DC  headed for warmer Hawaii. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Before leaving for Hawaii, however, he said in an interview with PBS Newshour:

“I think that people are justified in being disappointed about the outcome in Copenhagen.”

He added:

“What I said was essentially that rather than see a complete collapse in Copenhagen, in which nothing at all got done and would have been a huge backward step, at least we kind of held ground and there wasn’t too much backsliding from where we were.”

[Is he beginning to sound like his predecessor?]

How did you save the talks, Mr?

“At a point where there was about to be complete breakdown, and the prime minister of India was heading to the airport and the Chinese representatives were essentially skipping negotiations, and everybody’s screaming, what did happen was, cooler heads prevailed,” Obama said.

Prevailed to what end?

“We were able to at least agree on non-legally binding targets for all countries —not just the United States, not just Europe, but also for China and India, which, projecting forward, are going to be the world’s largest emitters,” he said.

Is a non-legally binding “agreement” worth the carbon paper it’s written on? Or was it achieved verbally?


Never mind your opinion as a president, please answer the  question in your capacity as a “law professor.”

This space is left blank for Prof Obama’s answer: __________________________________________!

Earlier Sweden’s Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren called the UN Copenhagen climate negotiations, which the US and China had colluded to undermine, “a disaster for the world.”

“I call this a disaster, it doesn’t at all match the needs of the world …,” said Carlgren.

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