Hawaii lava flow

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On June 27, 2014, lava began flowing from a vent on the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. The lava flow threatened Pahoa village downslope to the northeast, prompting the Obama administration to declare it a major disaster.

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4 Nov, 2014

Declares major disaster

hawaii-lava-flow-declares-disasterObama declares the lava flow a major disaster and orders federal aid. USGS scientist:

As the flow widens of course then the downslope areas get wider as well and so the potential impact for people spreads out over a larger area

2 Nov, 2014

Options for stopping lava

hawaii-lava-flow-optionsDenison University assistant geosciences professor Erik Klemetti assesses the options of stopping the lava flow for Wired magazine. Where a resident near Pahoa built an earth barrier to divert the flow, it has inflated and threatens to spill over the barrier, or flow onto someone else’s land. A lava flow in Iceland in 1973 was stopped by pumping water onto it and building barriers, but Pahoa doesn’t have the water supply. A controlled demolition of a building, like in the movie Volcano, won’t work, but the technique used in the film of diverting it through a channel could. Pahoa could potentially dig a channel to let the lava flow between buildings – although this would be difficult, and could create more damage than it prevents.

26 Oct, 2014

Video shows lava crossing road

Russia Today airs footage provided by the County of Hawaii of the lava from Kilauea flowing across Apa’a Street on the edge of the town of Pahoa.

Creeping Lava: Erupting Kilauea volcano triggers evacuation fears in Hawaii

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