August 15, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity was great with the ocean entry still putting on a great show. There were multiple changes that we saw as lava continued to flow into the ocean. The ocean¬†entry¬†had picked up in activity since the previous night and the surface flow had stalled out as well. However, there was a new surface breakout approximately 20-30 min hike away from the ocean entry. Some of our groups were able to make it there and it was awesome. This was a good sized breakout and our guests were able to safely get up close to it. This increase in activity can be credited to the small inflation recorded by the U.S.G.S. through the tiltmeter, which are instruments that measure the inflation and deflation of the Pu’u O’o vent and the Halema’uma’u crater (Kilauea caldera). More of this info can be found on the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

Good lava activity at this time. See you later, Aloha!

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