January 22, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The weather was nice and the lava activity was high. Our groups were able to view both the surface flows and the Ocean entry safely. The surface flow was close to the ocean entry and was very nice. Everyone was able to get up close safely. The ocean entry continues and is as awesome as ever.The Delta or Lava Bench is still forming and getting bigger, adding more land to the Big Island. The bench, however is very dangerous. A collapse can happen at any time and without warning. Once the bench gets to heavy, it will collapse under it’s own weight. This could be disastrous if anyone were to be on the bench.

The tilt meter is recording an inflation at Halema’uma’u, while at Pu’u O’o the tilt meter is recording a flatline, but the activity along the flow field and at the ocean entry is good. The activity is very good at this time. Aloha and A Hui Hou!

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