We just heard from one of the rangers that the Jagger Museum and Volcano Observatory, not far from us, are about to fall into the crater. The USGS geologists removed all the artifacts and equipment and fled to Hilo, which is 45 minutes away. The mist is too deep for me to see, but for all I know, Jagger Museum and the Volcano Observatory may have already fallen into the crater, if the latest earthquakes and strange sounds I just heard are anything to go by.
I thought I’d have a little break and write an article about this. I hope it’s not my last article, but if it is, at least I shall have got to write one more. If you want to go straight to our campaign and donate in order to help save #lavadog and us, please scroll down.
What has been happening here on Hawai`i Island at first seems indescribable, although some day if I make it to some place safe, I shall try to describe it properly, as Pliny the Younger did when he witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. You can read his eyewitness account here.
The island has a life of its own, its life blood the lava, its breath, the volcanic gas, or va’a Pele, the breath of Pele. All of science and our supposedly supreme and “modern” knowledge of the workings of the planet seem to pale in comparison to the sheer majesty of the power of the Earth Goddess. In this place, full of the mana, or spirit, of the Earth, one definitely notices that the aina, or land, is alive…
There is so little that we understand yet, and in this case we are very much just witnesses, like Pliny, of the miracle of new life, the creation of new land, but this time, on a monumental scale. Perhaps the reason some scientists seek to reduce the Earth Goddess to a set of rules is because they are afraid of her strange and mysterious vastness, but no one really interested in science feels this way. True science seeks to understand the fullness of reality, not to shape it into a form that is easier to comprehend.
After the blue methane glow presaged the advent of the lava fountains, the lava that emerged though cracks in the earth, and surged upwards hundreds of feet, seemed quite fast to all of us. Little did anyone guess what would happen next. As the older lava from reservoirs that had halted in the 1980’s dissipated, we got a chance to experience the truly fast moving lava, which is unique to Hawai`i… although as far as I know, even here, the speed of this lava is unprecedented. We now are seeing lava that flows as fast as 19 miles an hour. Can you run 19 miles an hour?
Video credit: Mileka Lincoln
As Kilauea Volcano shifts its flow of lava from its magma core under the earth to the gigantic fissure 8, with its now often 200 foot lava fountains, and vast raging rivers of lava stretching across land and sea, complete with “lavabergs“, what will this artistic work of Mother Nature become if we could flash forward and see the end result?
Will fissure 8 someday become a new volcano, as the magma core slowly shifts due to plate teutonics? Are we actually witnessing the birth of a new continent, a magical moment in geological time? I do not know. All I know is that this is a wonder of Nature, beautiful and terrible to behold.
The night the volcanic lava lake overflowed and all this began was shortly after Beltane, I felt the call of the Goddess, to view it. It will never be seen again. Since then the lava lake has drained, and the crater has collapsed, going, down… down, to the water table and beyond to the deepest core of the earth… so deep that semi precious green olivine stones were propelled out of the volcanic crater and are coming down like rain…
As we drove across the mountain pass, between two mountains of 13,000 and 14,000 feet, I saw a giant red fountain in the sky, so huge and tall I could barely believe my eyes. Above it, the sky glowed blood red everywhere from its reflection. At first, I could not believe I could see fissure 8 from that height across the mountains, and assumed that something new must have happened, and I was in a dead zone and unable to check, but it was fissure 8, lighting up the sky with seething red wreathed with shimmering stars above. Everyone driving by stopped dead on this dark and dangerous road and stared in awe. No one had ever seen anything like it.
The summit area of Kilauea itself, the erupting volcanic crater, has in many ways been the most horrifying of all, at least for those of us who are only a mile distant from it. Since the initial 29,000 foot volcanic eruption, there has been at least one eruption every day, and some of these eruptions are now subterranean. The size of Kilauea Volcano’s Hale ma’u ma’u crater has expanded exponentially. It has grown from just 12 acres to 100 acres in just a few weeks.. and it continues to collapse outward in all directions more and more…collapsing, and then exploding in a volcanic eruption, every day.
In the 2 months since this eruption began, there have been approximately 30,000 earthquakes, most of them centered more or less directly under our house. A giant parking lot has fallen into the crater and now Jagger Museum is about to follow. There are jagged cracks in the road everywhere, and they are widening. After the museum and observatory, there are some cabins rented out by the now closed military camp, and then us. The gases contain pockets of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, and when the eruptions occur, and they occur once a day, they could easily become lethal, especially if the wind were to blow in the wrong direction. In 1790, ash and gas rained down upon a contingent of Hawaiian warriors marching across Ka’u desert and killed them all.
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Kapoho, before its 700 homes, and the entire bay, were destroyed by lava. You can see what it looks like now in the 4th picture from the top.