January 4th, 2012 Guided Lava Tour Update

Aloha everyone! Deflation is still happening at this time. But Lava is still very active on the coastal plains and also at the ocean entry. Ongoing deflation has been going on for almost 6 days now and the Lava lake in Halemaumau crater has dropped significantly in the past 5 days. The lava lake level is well beneath the inner ledge of the crater. Also at Pu’u O’o crater, the Lava lake there has been still active on the HVO webcams. Pu’u O’o crater also has been seeing deflation for almost 6 days. Inflation will be happening soon though. A strong earthquake has occurred this morning at 4:30a.m. The earthquake measured up to 4.4 on the scale. This occurrence could be related to the strong deflation we been having.

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

As for our tours. The Lava activity was still high. Our guests were treated to some beautiful flows on the surface and as well as an ocean entry. Our guests were extremely happy with the results even though the strong deflation happening at this moment. Many surface flows could be safely approachable last night. As for the ocean entries, Lava viewing was perfect. Many different rivers of Lava entered the ocean. Nice A’a flows to beautiful Pahoehoe flows also. Our guest were happy. Come and join us. Aloha

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