Natural Sauna

Okay, I know we live on an island that is made up of 5 volcanoes.  Not a problem.  I know Halemaumau has been churning within Kilauea for over 30 years.  Not a problem.  I know we have a current, slow moving lava flow a few miles from the house that has been active since June of last year.  Not a big problem.

However, when a hot air vent opens up in the front yard of the house, I tend to take notice.  Still not a problem.

These types of things are pretty common and should not pose any type of threat to the family.  Just in case, I contacted Hawaii Volcano Observatory to let those with the knowledge take a look at it.  Just in case.

While it is very, very small at the moment, it is new.  And it was blowing hot air earlier today with enough force to move the leaves on the Hibiscus Tree it opened up near.

We are not concerned, just curious at this point.

My daughter, Rachel, made the two images of the tiny hot air vent while I was busy contacting HVO.  The second image has an added arrow that shows a new hole that opened up today that had hot air coming from it.

Rachel also let me know, in a casual way, that while she was walking from the grass to the driveway a couple of weeks ago that the driveway was very, very warm.  Like asphalt in the sun warm.  It’s a dirt and cinder driveway plus it was a cloudy day.  She thought it was ‘weird’ but didn’t really give it much more thought.

If you don’t hear from me for a while……

vent

Vent 1

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on March 4, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. UPDATE: The hot air no longer comes up from the ground, in fact, it’s pretty quiet now. The scientists at Hawaii Volcano Observatory did a low fly over with a helicopter and thermal cameras, just in case. They reported that all looked normal with no hidden hot spots or lava flow.

  2. It started again today, this time bringing the smell of sulfur with it.

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