September 7, 2012 Lava tour update

Aloha everyone! Happy Aloha Friday to everyone. New Lava flows could be seen in Kalapana again. A new flow just started to peak out over the Royal Gardens subdivision. There was an western lobe that is flowing right on top of the August tube system. Hopefully that flow will find the tube system and occupy it and start feeding the Lava to the coastal plains. And there is a eastern lobe which is pretty far east of Royal gardens which on thermal imagery this flow was more strong at the time. These flows could be access by hiking. It is a do-able hike. We will start to resume the tours on Monday if the Lava cooperates. Steady inflation with minor deflation would be the primary focus. This would help it move down the hill making the Hike shorter. Strong Deflation would stall the flow in resulting postponing the tour time. We will take an overflight of the Lava flow with a helicopter today to see if this flow is actually really active or just a minor flow. We will take pictures of the flow front and Pu’u O’o and post it tonight on our blog so stay tune. After the overflight we will have a better idea of the flows. Aloha!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *