December 15,2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Our tours were a success again. Lava on the coastal plains was active again. Surface active was wide spread at this moment. All of our groups were able to get up to some awesome surface Lava towards the middle of the coastal plains area. Maybe around 1/3 of a mile above the ocean entry. Beautiful breakouts could be be witnessed. As for the ocean entry, the Lava activity was beginning to shut down because of strong deflation at the summit. Real minor flows were seen to enter the ocean. A small A’a flow and a really small Pahoehoe flow also. Just for your information, A boat tour right now would be a gamble because of the activity. But surface activity was great.

At the summit, we are seeing it’s first big deflation since the beginning of this ocean entry.  Negative 2 microdians and also a deflation at Pu’u O’o crater at negative .75 microdians. This might cause the ocean entry to shut down or slow. We are uncertain but the surface flows will be activity and that you will see with us. On the thermal webcam, both craters show a lot of Lava still. So as of right now no shortage of Lava. Book a tour now before the Lava will cool down. Aloha!Graph of tilt at Uwekahuna and Pu`u `Ō `ō tiltmeter stations, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i


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