July 24, 2012 Lava viewing update

Aloha again to everyone! We hope everyone is having a great day so far. Awesome viewing tonight. The lava had advanced eastward towards the Kalapana area. Still a long ways away but it is shortening our hike by atleast 1/2 hour which is great. The hike to the Lava is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way now, instead of 2 hours. All could change in a matter of a day. Well we had a huge and steady inflation for almost more than a week. But at this time we are experiencing a significant amount of deflation at this moment. We knew it was coming but the question was when is it going to occur. Well it is happening right now. You can check out the updates on the HVO website under Kilauea updates and click on Deformation and their it will tell you the current Lava supply.

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

As of the activity out on the coastal plains. There looks like no signs of slowing down. This flow is moving really fast toward the east and there are many breakouts happening at this time. Awesome activity out on the coastal plains. Also on the Pulama Pali , there is a lobe that is making it’s way to the coastal plains and moving down the pali really fast. We expect it to reach the coastal plains in a few days or on the next inflation at the summit which will be soon. Aloha and stay tune for more updates.


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