November 16, 2012

Aloha! Tonight turned out to be a good night weather wise and lava wise. The activity was good with multiple surface flows visible along the flow field. The surface breakout we were at was very active and broke out multiple times while we were there. The leading edge of the flow seems to have slowed since the breakout near the base of the Pali yesterday. This surface breakout has continued and may be the reason for the stalling at the leading edge of the flow. Until next timel, Aloha!

 

 

November 15, 2012 Tour / Lava Update

Stay dry Folks! Aloha, our tours were able to view some nice surface flows. Along the flow field there were many surface breakouts, but majority of the activity seems to be at the base of the Pali and at the leading edge of the flow. The leading edge of the flow is still advancing slowly and is still approximately 0.25 mi away from where land and sea meet. Yesterday there was a big breakout at the base of the Pali and this breakout could be seen on webcam 2, which can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. Our guides also reported seeing a bight glow near the base of the Pali. Once again stay dry, Aloha!

November 14,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha! Tonight we had good surface flows to view safely. The leading edge is still about 0.25 mi away from the edge of the ocean and slowly advancing. At the base of the Pali a bright glow could be seen, but the actual flow could not be seen. Along the flow field there were multiple breakout visible, but majority of the action was at the leading edge and at the base of the Pali. There is still an ongoing DI inflation being recorded by the tilt meter at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the amount of lava activity can be credited to the ongoing DI inflation. There was a beautiful sunset that was soon followed by the moon setting and the weather was also cooperative. Great times, Aloha!

November 13, 2012

Aloha! Despite the little bit of rain we had our tours were treated to a good show. There were many surface breakouts that we were able to get up close to. The leading edge of the flow is creeping closer and closer to the ocean and may be less than 0.25 mi away from the ocean. At the base of the Pali there was a nice breakout as well, while along the flow field there were a few spots that had small surface breakouts. Most of the action, however is at the leading edge of the flow field.

The Tilt meter, which can be found on the USGS website (www.wr.hvo.usgs.gov) is still recording an ongoing inflation. This may be the reason for the amount of activity that we have been seeing lately. With this strong inflation the flow may very well reach the ocean. The overall lava activity is good, so book your tour now. Take care, Aloha!

 

November 12, 2012

Aloha! Hope everyone is doing well. Our tours were treated to multiple surface breakouts. There was a lot of action and everyone was happy. The leading edge of the flow field has advanced to within 0.25 mi of the ocean’s edge. There were also multiple surface breakouts along the flow field. Most of the activity however, was at the leading edge. There was a fairly large breakout at the base of the Pali that could be seen from the leading edge. Currently the USGS tiltmter is recording an ongoing inflation, which means we can expect some good activity. We were also treated to an awesome sunset. Overall activity is good and the hike is a little shorter, but still is not a walk in the park. Until next time, Aloha!

 

November 09, 2012 Tour

Aloha! The leading edge is still approximately 0.5 mi away from the ocean and advancing slowly. Our groups were able to see some nice surface breakouts and were able to safely get up close to them. Most of the activity is at the flow front (leading edge), with few breakouts up higher towards the base of the Pali. The tilt meter is still recording an ongoing minor inflation, but it is still an inflation, which means that the lava activity should pick up. Up on the Pali there are small surface flows near the top that could be seen for approximately one week, but it seems as if they aren’t advancing at all. Until next time, Aloha!

November 08,2012

Aloha Gang! Tonight our groups were able to see multiple surface breakouts. The lava activity didn’t seem as if there was a deflation for the past few days. The deflation did switch to inflation early today and perhaps this could be the reason for the level of activity that was seen tonight. The leading edge of the flow has reached within approximately 0.5 mi away from the ocean. This flow may make it to the ocean, but then again Tutu Pele does what she wants. The weather held up and the sunset was beautiful. Add lava to the mix and the results are an amazing experience. Until next time, Aloha!

 

November 7, 2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone again! Deflation is still occurring at this time for 3rd straight day. But Lava on the coastal plains still remain active. The summit tilt meter and also the Pu’u o”o tilt meter recorded significant Deflation. Almost 4 microdians so far. Which is the biggest so far. We are hoping it will inflate in the next couple of days. At Halemaumau crater the Lava lake level was below the inner ledge and had been rising and falling every drain cycle. At Pu’u O’o crater, The crater seems to be really active at this time. Glow still could be seen from the north pit and east pit. On the thermal imagery, The north pit still looked to be very active but deflation had also took place there.

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

Lava on the coastal plains was still very active. Our guides last night had reported to see some impressive flows at the flow front. Noticing the deflation on the tilt meters, still flows were very active at this time. Lava flows are at least 0.5 miles away from the coast. Moving towards the east towards Kalapana. Lava flows will hopefully stay active until the next inflation. Our guides will do a scouting report this afternoon before our tours go out for the day.Aloha everyone and have a great day

November 6,2012 Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Big deflation at the summit of Kilauea and minimal at Pu’u O’o crater. But Lava on the coastal plains were still very active. Deflation by 3 microdians had been observed today. The Lava lake in the Halemaumau crater had dropped below the inner ledge. But at Pu’u O’o crater the activity was still elevated.

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

Sorry for not posting a blog for November 5, 2012 Lava tours. It was very rainy and wet. As for November 6, 2012 our guides had reported to see some nice flows and a lot of breakouts on the coastal plains. The leading edge is approximately 0.5 mile away from the ocean. But our guides also reported that the flows looked kind of slow though. Considering the strong inflation for more then 3 weeks. We are anticipating to have an inflation later on today. Book at tour soon or on the next inflation. ALOHA!

November 03 & 04, 2012

Aloha! Lasts night’s activity was very high according to the reports from our guides.  There were multiple surface flows that they were able to get up to. The lava had advanced slightly eastward and slightly toward the ocean and our guests were happy with the show.

Tonight’s tour was awesome as well and our groups were able to view multiple surface breakouts and small rivers of lava. The leading edge of the flow moved slightly eastward and towards the ocean since last night. Currently the tilt meter (found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website) is recording an inflation at Pu’u O’o and a deflation at Halema’uma’u.Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

As we left the flow field we could see how far down the flow field has advanced and it is currently about 0.7 mi away from the ocean. Being away from the flow field we could also see the many breakouts along the entire eastern part of the flow field. Overall lava activity is good, so book your tour now. Aloha!