August 09, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity was good and the ocean entry was very active as multiple breakouts were witnessed during the time that we were there. The increase in activity can be contributed to an inflation that was recorded by the Tiltmeter, which is an instrument used by the USGS to measure the inflation and deflation of Pu’u O’o and Halema’uma’u. This measurement is recorded in graph form and can be seen along with much more information on the USGS website, http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov. A few groups also made the far journey up to where the surface flows were active for the past few weeks. This is a┬ámuch farther hike and guests will need to be in good shape for this portion of the hike. The activity was a bit sluggish, but we were able to see lava up close and be safe while doing this. Going to these surface flows adds at least another 1 1/2 miles to the roundtrip distance. All in all another beautiful night, Aloha!

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