4-27-15 Kilauea Volcano Halemaumau Vent Eruption


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kilauea volcano, Halemaumau vent eruption has escalated in recent days. The vent has started to overflow onto the crater floor. It’s quickly building into a perched lava lake. This could lead to all kinds of possibilities like filling the crater, large fountain vents, hornitos, it’s going to be interesting. Historic eruptions like this back in the 1800’s into the early 1900’s lasted 100 years. Might need to expand the parking lot if this follows suite. Or a shuttle system.

What you are seeing is the filled vents boiling lava lake. The sounds are from rocks and gases being releases. The dark crusted plates are constantly moving and bumping into each other. That’s much of the clanking sounds. As the lava circulates within the lake gases release. The lake has since overflowed covering a huge part of the crater floor. It has a long ways to go to fill the crater. It’s presently 280′ deep.

The viewing area is 1.2 miles away so, no close up shots can be had. When fewer people are there the sounds of rocks clanking or falling can easily be heard. Even some jetting sounds. Also crackling from the thermal expansion of the rocks above the boiling lake.

The video below is as much about the subtle sounds of the lava lake as it is the visual. Watch at full HD setting with headphones.

Shot with my Nikon D800, Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 lens and a Rode VideoMic Pro. Dolica professional tripod.


4-27-15 Nikon D800 video Halemaumau crater and vent.

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4-27-15 Halemaumau

Halemaumau Vent – lavapix.com

Be sure¬†to view my images of past large perched lava lakes I was able to get up close to. Visit the links below. As it stands now, you won’t be seeing images nearly as good as what I shot years ago. The current viewing area is too far away.

Photos http://lavapix.com/gallery/6-29-11-puu-oo-vent/629115872/


Prints http://lavapix.com/gallery/bryans-favorites/357c-629115876xc/

Video 2011 lava lake (Crude shot with a cheap Casio Point and Shoot)

These were very rare opportunities that took tremendous effort to capture but, it was also extremely rewarding. The 2007 hike to the new and growing perched lava lakes came right on the heels of a 18 mile rt hike to Pu’u O’o vent where the fissure first opened. I hiked back down stopped at a friends for some sleep then we both did the 16+ mile hike to these lakes that would eventually turn into the TEB vent. I was pretty tired returning from the second hike.

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Prints #357c and #358c can also be purchased locally at Krazy About Kona in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 75-5744 Ali’i Drive. Two shops south of the Kona Inn Restaurant.

Now for my usual warning.

Stay away from Pu’u O’o vent as its extremely unstable and there’s nothing to see anyway. The vent is constantly filled with thick fumes obscuring any possible views into the vent. Toxic fumes regularly surround the vent too. Visit Jaggar Museum and enjoy being able to view the distant lava lake safely and conveniently. Leave the drone home as national parks are a “No fly zone”.

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6-29-11 Puu Oo Vent Perched Lava Lake


Update 7-19-11 РImages from this hike added to my Volcano Fine Art Gallery Images 356c Р367.

Finally made my way back to Puu Oo vent last week.

I’ll start with my warning not to do what I do. I have most likely done this hike more than anyone and I know what I’m doing and where I’m going. It’s extremely easy for the inexperienced to get lost on this hike. Most who attempt it do get lost. There are very real dangers and one needs to recognize them. I can. The hike is usually shrouded in heavy fog with no visible markers. Please stay away for your own safety. Most of all, it’s just plain and simply difficult!!

Okay, the hike was absolutely miserable due to the¬†persistent¬†rain. Over 9 miles of thick nasty mud that drained me quickly. Drank all 8 liters of water I carried with me. Limited¬†visibility¬†on the hike up. It rained most of the time so, I only shot photos during¬†brief¬†periods of clarity. But, when it was clear it was fantastic for great shots. I also shot more video but, mostly while it was raining. As usual it was also freezing cold. I managed to shave 2 lbs off of my pack from the Kamoamoa hike. Not that I really noticed my pack only weighing in at 68 lbs rather than 70 lbs. The heavy rains most likely added several more pounds to my gear. I’m often asked why I carry so much stuff. You have to be ready for most anything out there. It’s truly an extreme adventure and it needs to be prepared for in that way. 11.5 hours of hiking (15 miles) and 18 total on my feet and I lost 8 lbs. Found them and a few extras since the hike ūüôā

The perched lava lake is quite simply, huge! I’ve seen them before from ground level but, never from above like this. There was a real nice breach going on at the NE edge when I arrived. It would last for hours before sealing up after the SE spatter cone collapsed during a powerful surge up lifted most of the crusted lava lake during a heavy rain. This surge caused the vent to break apart and the lava gushed out onto Puu Oo’s south floor. This would persist until my departure. ¬†There was a period when the spattering lava reached the rim of Puu Oo’s east rim which was about 100′ high. No photos as I had just arrived and it was pouring rain. After that it was more subdued at about 10-20′. The lava lake would spatter along much of its¬†perimeter¬†during my visit.¬†Occasionally¬†in the middle too as¬†pressure¬†would release. Heavy fumes would come and go through the night. The east spillway was fuming rather strongly and the fumes were warm. The south floor of Puu Oo did rise nearly to the pre March eruption levels during my visit. Thankfully sunrise was rain free and colorful. I’ll be posting some images from this hike to my volcano fine art gallery later this week so, they will be available for purchase. I’m still in the process of narrowing them down. Many will be available for the next Kona Stroll street fair on July 17th.

My video will be added soon too. I’ll send out a newsletter once its available to view.

Again, please stay away from this area. You have no idea how well prepared I am and how hard I train for hikes like this. Yes, I train all the time. One day I’ll do a posting on how I go about it. All of my adventures are well thought out and well prepared for. 19+ years experience.

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