October 10, 2012 Tour/Update

Aloha! The advancement of the leading edge has slowed slightly due to the deflation that started last night. The tiltmeter, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov) is currently recording an inflation that seems to have started just a few hours ago.Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

The lava activity was still very good, as many surface breakouts were seen. Our groups were able to get up close to these surface breakouts safely. There were more surface breakouts next to the base of the Pali, and there seemed to be a small river of lava at the base of the Pali. Up on the Pali, there were 2 -3 small surface breakouts that were visible from the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area. Overall lava activity is still very good, so now is a good time to book your tour. Have a great night, Aloha.

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