May 11, 2012 Lava Update

Aloha! Tonight we had a 4:00 pm tour go out and they were able to safely view surface flows up close and personal. The tiltmeter is still recording DI inflation and the result of that can be seen on the coastal plains with increased activity. The leading edge is still approximately 0.8 mi away from the ocean. Our guides have taken both GPS readings of the hike distance and the distance from flow front to ocean. Hike distance is approximately 2.6 mile hike. Tonight activity was above normal. Lava flows advanced about 40 yards in an hour. Lava on the Pali had moved tremendously since lastnights tour. The eastern lobe hosted HUGE breakouts which could be seen from the Kalapana Lava viewing area. Our morning LAVA tours,which leaves at 7:00 a.m, would be able to witness those impressive LAVA flows. How ever the coastal plains have been showing some awesome viewing. Until next time Aloha and A Hui Hou and enjoy the Pictures of May 11, 2012 Lava tour.

Nice Breakouts. As you can see activity is high right now.

As you can see how close our tours get to the actual LAVA flow

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