12/20/2011-Tour Update

Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

The current lava flow, coming down the pali and traversing the coastal plain, reached the ocean late last week. The ocean entry point is within the National Park, near its eastern border.  Today, numerous small streams of lava were cascading over the sea cliff, and lava entering the water was starting to build a small delta.

Aloha everyone! At this time we are taking tours up to the base of the Royal Gardens subdivison. Lava flows in that area are active at this time. Hiking time has shortened cause of advancing lava flows heading closer towards the Kalapana Gardens subdivision. Beautiful surface flows could be experienced in this weeks tours. Getting up close to the advancing flows could be possible this week. Ocean entries have been weak and have been shutting down. The new Ka ili’ili ocean entry had small signs of life this past days but the bottom of royal gardens subdivision had a lot of activity. These flows will make it to the ocean in no time. Keep an eye on the Deformation chart which is available on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory site. We are on a slight deflation but are anticipating a inflation in the next couple days. Inflation will increase the activity on the flow field soon. Hopefully the ocean entry will become active in the next couple days.

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