May 16, 2012

Aloha once again! We had two groups go out today and both were treated to an awesome viewing of lava. Both groups safely viewed surface flows. The leading edge of the flow is approximately 0.8 mi from the ocean and  seems to very wide. Also, the flow has moved slightly eastward. The huge surface flow on the Pali has almost reached the base of the Pali. This finger is also wide and is making it’s way down slope very quickly. Once it reaches the base of the Pali however, it will most likely slow down in speed. The tilt meter, which measures the inflation and deflation of the lava in Pu’u O’o and the Kilauea caldera is currently recording a DI inflation. This and more can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website ( http://www.wr.hvo.usgs.gov ). We are expecting more lava to be coming down the hillside. A Hui Hou!

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