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(LA Times)   Kilauea is erupting and you can take a tour along a safe trail to see the sights, or you can be a dumbass for an extra $100   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2017-03-14 08:47:52 PM  
Since 1990, five visitors have died in off-limits areas. Hyperthermia and inhalation of lung-searing steam were among the causes of death.

Be careful Bob!
Bob be careful!
 
2017-03-14 08:53:03 PM  
You see that Mr. Anderson?... That is the look of inevitability... It is the vision of your death

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2017-03-14 09:21:59 PM  
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The Dude abides.
 
2017-03-14 10:20:40 PM  
Or you could do like I did - look down from a helicopter
 
2017-03-14 10:37:24 PM  

GRCooper: Or you could do like I did - look down from a helicopter


Me too. You can feel the heat even up there. Probably roast a luau pig from a few hundred yards away.
 
2017-03-14 11:01:45 PM  
Meh, the dumbass version of life is always more entertaining.
 
2017-03-14 11:15:32 PM  
Take the dumbass route...And poke the lava with a stick as well.
 
2017-03-14 11:42:50 PM  
OR, you could do what any self-respecting professional geologist would do:

Read the current reports and never expect aid outside your party, if possible.

Also, seeing earth made-by-the-minute is AWESOME.
 
2017-03-14 11:55:03 PM  
It's a heck of a hike over fairly rugged dried lava to get to the flow. When I went I stayed back a aways and marveled at the dumbasses standing 3 feet away from it. Well at first I was jealous of their view but then I noticed the ground was glowing a cool red underneath them. Saw it ignite and completely incinerate a full sized tree in seconds
 
2017-03-15 12:05:46 AM  

Tears_that_smell_like_dogfood: OR, you could do what any self-respecting professional geologist would do:

Read the current reports and never expect aid outside your party, if possible.

Also, seeing earth made-by-the-minute is AWESOME.


You need to smell it up close. You need to hear it up close. With some luck you can get to a coastal viewing site where some nice person might give you a peek through a telescope. A firehose flow into the surf is magical but t here are good movies of it on line. Still, those don't come with the smell.
 
2017-03-15 12:17:42 AM  

edmo: You see that Mr. Anderson?... That is the look of inevitability... It is the vision of your death

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My god it's in constant motion but it neither advances or retreats! It's.....hypnotic!
 
2017-03-15 12:40:57 AM  

JesterJoker55: edmo: You see that Mr. Anderson?... That is the look of inevitability... It is the vision of your death

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My god it's in constant motion but it neither advances or retreats! It's.....hypnotic!


Whoever made that GIF did a great job picking where to loop it- it's really hard to tell. In fact, I couldn't tell by looking at the one feature you would expect to give it away- the ripples in the center of the left lava flow- I found it in the smoke, but even that is hard to see. It's about a 1.5 second loop.
 
2017-03-15 12:57:55 AM  
There are some really shady "tours" out there in lava country.
 
2017-03-15 01:43:34 AM  
Wow, the la times mobile site crashed safari - twice. Pathetic site.
 
2017-03-15 01:59:12 AM  

studebaker hoch: There are some really shady "tours" out there in lava country.


Some of those tiny aluminum boats will get close enough to the flow that the water is nearly boiling.  Locals say they haven't seen anything like it in 50 years.

I know Fark hates instagram, but if you're on it and wish to see some cool drone footage of the lava, check out my buddy's instagram:  adamandcamera

He's got a few pretty sweet shots of the flow from early February.
 
2017-03-15 02:48:52 AM  

Tears_that_smell_like_dogfood: Also, seeing earth made-by-the-minute is AWESOME.


this'n

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TorpedoOrca: It's a heck of a hike over fairly rugged dried lava to get to the flow.


Saw a tourist from Japan doin' it in heels.  WTF?!
 
2017-03-15 02:49:26 AM  

biscuitsngravy: I know Fark hates.


Put a period right there, buddy.
 
2017-03-15 03:03:57 AM  

Trocadero: GRCooper: Or you could do like I did - look down from a helicopter

Me too. You can feel the heat even up there. Probably roast a luau pig from a few hundred yards away.


I find that pretty impressive! ( I'll add a visit to Kilauea to my bucket list...)
 
2017-03-15 03:11:42 AM  
Huh. I took a guided tour on Kilauea while it was erupting in 1992, and was taken down to the lava flow.

It was rather weak though-like a man with a golfball-sized prostate urinating in a toilet. Toilet being the ocean of course.
 
2017-03-15 03:15:54 AM  
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Haleakala (probably spelled wrong) on Maui is much more impressive-despite a lack of lava. Harrowing drive however.
 
2017-03-15 03:27:38 AM  

J Noble Daggett: Tears_that_smell_like_dogfood: OR, you could do what any self-respecting professional geologist would do:

Read the current reports and never expect aid outside your party, if possible.

Also, seeing earth made-by-the-minute is AWESOME.

You need to smell it up close. You need to hear it up close. With some luck you can get to a coastal viewing site where some nice person might give you a peek through a telescope. A firehose flow into the surf is magical but t here are good movies of it on line. Still, those don't come with the smell.


When the lava dumps into the ocean, it generates tons of steam laden with sulfuric acid. I'd advise not getting too close or your clothes might get some new holes. Good news is you'll smell the sulfur well before you get too close.
 
2017-03-15 04:38:58 AM  

TorpedoOrca: It's a heck of a hike over fairly rugged dried lava to get to the flow. When I went I stayed back a aways and marveled at the dumbasses standing 3 feet away from it.


Yep. Some years ago I hiked half way then crapped myself while still a mile away from the flow.

The lure of the Darwin Award is strong for some.
 
2017-03-15 05:15:02 AM  

Curate's Keg: TorpedoOrca: It's a heck of a hike over fairly rugged dried lava to get to the flow. When I went I stayed back a aways and marveled at the dumbasses standing 3 feet away from it.

Yep. Some years ago I hiked half way then crapped myself while still a mile away from the flow.

The lure of the Darwin Award is strong for some.


Add a coulle miles to avoid the plume of hydrochloric acid while it's active...so not worrh it.
 
2017-03-15 05:15:35 AM  

The Soupman Cumeth: Curate's Keg: TorpedoOrca: It's a heck of a hike over fairly rugged dried lava to get to the flow. When I went I stayed back a aways and marveled at the dumbasses standing 3 feet away from it.

Yep. Some years ago I hiked half way then crapped myself while still a mile away from the flow.

The lure of the Darwin Award is strong for some.

Add a coulle miles to avoid the plume of hydrochloric acid while it's active...so not worrh it.


Correction-Sulfuric...
 
2017-03-15 06:09:47 AM  

The Soupman Cumeth: Add a coulle miles to avoid the plume of hydrochloric acid while it's active...so not worrh it.

Correction-Sulfuric...


Sulphurous acid (SO2 + H2O = H2SO3) close to a volcano. Conversion to (more acidic) H2SO4 happens more slowly in the upper atmosphere I believe.

SO2 is generally regarded as bad news for your lungs. But I used to work in a manufacturing facility and oddly, repeated exposure to low levels caused me to become quite tolerant compared to other occasional visitors.

I'm not sure that's really a good thing. 🤔
 
2017-03-15 06:23:29 AM  

Curate's Keg: The Soupman Cumeth: Add a coulle miles to avoid the plume of hydrochloric acid while it's active...so not worrh it.

Correction-Sulfuric...

Sulphurous acid (SO2 + H2O = H2SO3) close to a volcano. Conversion to (more acidic) H2SO4 happens more slowly in the upper atmosphere I believe.

SO2 is generally regarded as bad news for your lungs. But I used to work in a manufacturing facility and oddly, repeated exposure to low levels caused me to become quite tolerant compared to other occasional visitors.

I'm not sure that's really a good thing. 🤔


Dead man walking...:(
 
2017-03-15 08:06:06 AM  

Curate's Keg: SO2 is generally regarded as bad news for your lungs. But I used to work in a manufacturing facility and oddly, repeated exposure to low levels caused me to become quite tolerant compared to other occasional visitors.

I'm not sure that's really a good thing. 🤔


Pulp and paper?

Sulfur Dioxide is nasty stuff.  I work in the paper industry but I'm not in a mill regularly.  I'm quite tolerant of it and it's kind of reassuring to smell it.  It will burn your scent receptors at higher levels of exposure so NOT smelling it when you know it's there is much worse.
 
2017-03-15 08:22:41 AM  

The Soupman Cumeth: [img.fark.net image 362x250]

Haleakala (probably spelled wrong) on Maui is much more impressive-despite a lack of lava. Harrowing drive however.


Agreed but I've only ever been to Maui and Oahu.  I'd love to see Kilauea, though.

/I proposed to my (now) fiancee at the summit of Mt. Haleakala at dawn last June
//Kula Lodge on the way down serves one of the best breakfasts I've ever eaten
 
2017-03-15 08:40:25 AM  
Well, I can add "hyperthermia and inhalation of lung-searing steam" to the list of ways that I don't want to die.
 
2017-03-15 08:42:41 AM  

Egoy3k: Curate's Keg: SO2 is generally regarded as bad news for your lungs. But I used to work in a manufacturing facility and oddly, repeated exposure to low levels caused me to become quite tolerant compared to other occasional visitors.

I'm not sure that's really a good thing. 🤔

Pulp and paper?


Nope - manufacturing SO2 (mostly for paper industry, I guess. It was a long time ago).

1. Burn liquid sulphur in air to make SO2.
2. React SO2 to SO3 over a big farking platinum mesh catalyst.
3. Absorb SO3 into water to make sulphuric acid/ oleum
4. Boil SO3 out of acid again (now free of air/nitrogen)
5. React SO3 back to SO2 (I forget the details of that process)
6. Compress SO2 and condense to liquid for storage/transportation.
 
2017-03-15 11:54:27 AM  

IndyMBA: /I proposed to my (now) fiancee at the summit of Mt. Haleakala at dawn last June


Very symbolic - dawn is historically when the condemned man is executed.
 
2017-03-15 02:00:50 PM  
Hilo is on my short list for retirement locations. Maybe a cabin in the jungle...

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2017-03-15 03:12:23 PM  
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