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Volcano Disaster Reports
Wh6DWF lives in Hawaii and has been providing updates on the volcano
activity. The latest activity:
24 Latest VOG report
is a human side of what has been happening over here
We now have 20 eruption sites now on the Big Island of Hawai’i, with
fissures 15,17,19 and 20 being the most active.
Note: Fissure #15 is 1,200 meters long and is the most active of them
all with lava shooting up 300-400 feet in the air.
This is creating a lava flow that is moving towards the ocean at a
rate of 100 yards per hour.
The ocean is two miles away from #15 and should reach the ocean this
time next week if not sooner.
So far, we’ve lost 40 structures and one of the biggest fears is that
the lava will flow over the
Geothermal plant, which is less than a half mile from #15 fissure,
which has underground storage tanks
of a highly flammable liquid called Pantene that support these underground
Several 3,000 gallon above ground storage tanks were removed by trucks
in the last three days to
prevent explosions that in themselves could of wiped out the entire
community of Leilani Estates.
There is currently an attempt to kill these underground wells by pumping
them with cold water.
If the lava gets to close and they can’t save those wells in time,
they will need to be permanently capped forever.
The race is on to save these wells by pumping them with cold water.
In addition to very high levels of Sulfur Dioxide and glass, residents
Big Island will face high levels of Hydrochloric Acid once these lava
flows reach the ocean once it mixes with the salty sea water.
Here in Hawaii, not just the Big Island of Hawai’i, residents are
fearing a major eruption of the Kileua Volcano,
which can cause a major localized tsunami, which would effect the
south shores of all the surrounding islands,
with the bay of Waikiki and Kuhio Beaches most effected, especially
with the current south facing swell that’s building right now.
Maybe be great for surfing but horrible if there should be a localized
This eruption can come at anytime without warning and create a tsunami
without any sound
for there isn’t any NOAA buoys to provide any readings or advanced
The Amateur radio community is following this very closely, with many
leaving their radios on 24/7 on multiple frequencies,
like I’ve done for years now as the only radio relay station in Hawaii
on off grid power,
with capabilities to communicate with all islands but only limited
capabilities to the island of Kauai
because of our own mountain ranges to the west of me and because of
the mountainous terrain of Kauai itself.
Links from Todd:
distances & other safety tips
Todd Wilson WH6DWF
notes from Todd:
could hurl rocks 'the size of cows' from summit crater, scientists
new eruptions confirmed on Big Island; another home destroyed
is info on Hawaii
Revised Statutes (Chapter 127A) that comes into play once the
governor of our state declares a state of emergency and applies for
Federal Disaster Relief Assistance. We are seeing more and more states
changing from State Civil Defense to State Civil Defense Agency because
as an official agency, it them more powers in order to control every
aspect of a disaster event and more authority to work with other official
agencies with multiple capacities. As a emergency disaster communicator,
I was told to learn its functions forwards and backwards, plus this
allows me to work and communicate directly with our military, law
enforcement and NGO’s in an official capacity to provide disaster
assistance. It seems that Amateur radio is playing a larger and larger
role in these disaster events at a much greater level than ever before.
They are the eyes and ears of a disaster because they always on the
front lines of a disaster.
5-5-18 I asked Todd for info. Here is his first response:
it was a 6.9 magnitude quake that was very widely felt here in Hawaii.
Since I live in a penthouse unit at the top of a building built on
a caldera, I had just stepped out of the shower when it hit and watch
the water sloshed back and forth, with the whole building rocking
as I was trying to make it to a last minute appointment with a surgeon
that wanted to take tissue cultures from one of my legs to send off
to the lab. For a moment, I actually thought that quake could do some
serious damage to my place or at least knock the floor seal off for
that toilet. Last night, around 9:30pm I’m guessing, I could here
a loud long distance explosions and turned on the tv right away for
the 10pm news. It was then that I found out that there we two more
powerful eruptions for a grand total of 10 active eruptions at 10
different locations. We’ve had eruptions before at the volcano but
nothing ever like this. This volcano has been erupting continuously
for over 30 years but nothing ever to this magnitude! Starting back
in 2006, the south point of the Big Island of Hawai’i has been experiencing
what the USGS calls, “ Silent Earthquakes” and these silent earthquakes
overtime has been separating a very large portion of that island to
the point that you can see it now on Google Maps. It’s created these
long gorges with gaps as wide as 100 meters or more just like Mother
Nature taking a large slice of pie going all the way across the southern
portion of that island. It is feared that one day the whole entire
south point of the Big Island will slip into the Pacific Ocean to
create what scientists call, a Super Tsunami of biblical proportions
that would target the large bay on the island of Oahu or an area the
world best knows as world famous Waikiki Beach. With all of these
eruptions and medium to large earthquakes constantly going on, that
this doomsday type scenario could actually happen. It could happen
with no warning at all and the first wave could be upon us within
a few short minutes, in much less time than any person with a good
head start in a vehicle to get to higher ground. There is actually
animated YouTube videos about this very same scenario. This actually
did happen in Alaska in the 1950’s in which a big landslide slid into
an Alaska bay and created a 1000 foot tsunami. Here in the Pacific
Ocean, this would be considered a world event, effecting not only
Hawaii but the entire west coast of the United States and as far away
as New Zealand and Australia also. Each medium and large size earthquakes
on the Big Island has been known to create tsunamis that has killed
many people here in the past. Another bit of information, the Hawaiian
Islands moves over volcanic Hotspot in a northeastern direction towards
Japan at a rate of several centimeters a year. It is now creating
a brand new volcano called Loihi.
Check this info on Wikipedia.
could become a new chapter for the Hawaiian Islands. It’s too early
to tell but could we all be witnessing the major start of a new Hawaiian
island, we knew it was going to happen within the next million or
so years from now but could this become its start today... So far,
these eruptions have destroyed 27 homes so far and this is only the
beginning. Will any homes be spared, only Madame Pele could tell us
that in time. With ten active eruptions and counting all going at
the same time, regardless of the past, this is history in the making
as far as volcanoes goes... Moana Kea, the world’s tallest volcano,
is a shield volcano in the sense that it doesn’t explode like Mount
St. Helens did in the early 1980’s. Instead of explosions, it erupts
into these large lava fountains and makes its way downhill in a path
of least resistance. What makes this lava unique is that it is thin,
runny and able to move very quickly, not the slow moving lava that
a person can out walk but constantly has what is called, “Breakouts”.
As the lava makes its way downhill, there will be these breakouts
that allows the lava to lurch forward in bound and leaps like water
being squeezed out of a moving sponge of hot searing lava. With each
earthquake signifying more magma moving just underneath the ground,
the danger of more lava erupting will continue, perhaps maybe for
months or even years given the history of Moana Kea and Moana Loa
Volcanoes. I hope this gives you a better understanding of all of
this volcanic activity on the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i.