Guided Lava Hike – March 14, 2013

Aloha! The lava activity is still good as we saw a nice surface flow and the ocean entry. We were able to view both safely. The overall lava activity is good as there are multiple flows coming from Pu’u O’o. One of these flows is feeding the coastal plain flows as well as the ocean entry. Another flow is approximately 2.5 mi away from Pu’u O’o and has split into 2 branches. One is heading towards the northeast and the other is right around Pu’u Kahaualea. This branching flow is known as the Kahaualea flow.

The surface flow that we got close to had actually broken out a few times and was flowing from a tumulus. As we were on our way to check out the ocean entry, there was another breakout, which caused us to stay a little longer. At the surface flow we were able to view lava that had traveled very far flow into the Pacific Ocean. What an awesome evening. We even saw whales swim by about .25 mi out to sea. Aloha!

 

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