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September 1, 2014

Think About It: Lava Lessons

Are you kidding me? After devastating winds from a tropical storm wreaked havoc, now the good folks of Puna are facing possible lava flow issues. Is this some sort of biblical warning for the residents on the eastern side of the Big Island, or simply a series of bad luck visits from Mother Nature? The unpredictability of Kilauea Volcano has been known for years. You only have to go back 24 years to have seen the agonizing and slow-moving magma destroy Kalapana and Kaimu.

We are at the whims of the winds here, along with the lava, the oceans, and the rainfall, or lack thereof. But can't the people of Puna catch a break? Maybe the flow will veer or stop… for a while. This incessant venting from Kilauea has been going on and off for years, forming new lands as it merges with the ocean. While we are often awestruck by the incredibly beauty of these natural flows and glows, the plight of Puna reminds us of the potential danger and long-term devastation.

Here's hoping that the lava flows divert, and that the people of Puna can resume normal life with power and without trees strewn all over. But can you imagine if this flow continues and gets really serious by- let's say- around November 4th- Election Day?! No, I can't imagine that. But the frustrations of Puna people over issues caused by a tropical storm could sadly seem minor if the wall of lava keeps creeping ever closer. Think about it…

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