Aloha Gang! The ocean entry is still active and still flowing into the ocean. A piece of the bench had collapsed on the night of January 23. The bench is still there, and is obviously smaller because of the collapse. From one end of the ocean entry to the other is still approximately 0.25 mi across. Surface flows have slowed down, but are still able to break out on the side of the tube system. Currently the tilt meter, which records the inflation/ deflation at Halema’uma’u and Pu’u O’o, is recording an ongoing deflation. There have been many times that we have been in the field during a deflation and have seen awesome surface flows opposite of what the tilt meter was recording.
Last nights tour was a little wet, but still awesome viewing at the ocean entry. Multiple ocean entry points were visible and the surface flows were stalled out near the ocean entry. However, there were surface flows near the base of the Pali that have been there for just over a week. Up on the Pali, there are no surface flows that are visible, but the steam and fumes from the tube system are easily visible during the night because of the moon and during the day as well. There is still some good activity to be seen at the ocean entry at this time. See you later, Aloha!