November 23, 2012 Tour/Lava Update

Aloha! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving because we sure did. Our stomachs were put to the test with the amount of food that we all ate, but enough food talk. Let’s get to the main course. Oops! Sorry for drifting back to the food.

The leading edge of the flow is approximately 50 yds away from the ocean’s edge and slowly advancing. The tilt meter recorded a deflation on Thanksgiving, but has since been recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u crater and at Pu’u O’o vent.Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

(This graph and more can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.) (

There was good lava activity and multiple breakouts that we were able to get up close to safely. Our groups were able to witness small rivers of lava at the leading edge. Majority of the activity is at the leading edge, with a few breakouts scattered along the rest of the flow field. Just above the base of the Pali there was a small breakout that could be seen as a red dot. Overall lava activity is good. See you later, Aloha!




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