January 19, 2013 – Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Folks! Pu’u O’o is very active and the glow can be seen in our area. Some of the activity can be seen on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website (www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov). We have heard reports from helicopter pilots of spattering in the collapse pit of Pu’u O’o. All of this has affected the activity of the ocean entry and flow field. The plume was at first blowing onshore, so our groups had to view the ocean entry from a safe point. After the wind switched we were able to get closer and view the ocean entry and surface flows. Near the base of the Pali there was a bright glow as well, which indicates that the surface flow in that area is still active. On the Pali there are no surface flows that are visible. Over all activity is good and lava viewing is awesome at this time. Until next time, Aloha!

We were also able to view this water spout at the Ocean entry. Very lucky!

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