Pele Pauses 3-30-18

Lava flows pause on the coastal plain but there’s plenty more lava near the vent:

The lower portions of the 61g lava flow ceased to be active on the coastal plain this week but the good news is there’s lots of lava just above the edge of Pulama Pali near the vent and it could come back down any day. 

We’re monitoring conditions closely and we’re still taking reservations for future lava tours. We’ll keep everyone posted as conditions change, but if there is no active lava on the coastal plain the day of your tour we’ll reschedule you (if possible) or refund you in full – your choice. To the best of our knowledge we’re the only company that will refund you in full if we can’t get the group to active lava.

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New lava flows onto Pu’u ‘O’o Crater floor as coastal flows ebb. – Photo: USGS-HVO

Starting on March 12th tilt meters at Pu’u ‘O’o Cone began to show slow and relatively steady inflation, which continues through today. Inflation indicates an increase in pressure due to magma rising beneath the cone. Over the past month the lava level has risen in the cone’s West Pit Crater lava lake (bottom) and on March 25th new lava flows broke out on the floor of Pu’u ‘O’o’s main crater (top). The area between the two craters has been subsiding over the past few months as well.

The March 25th breakout on the floor of Pu’u ‘O’o’s main crater corresponded with a decrease in flow down Pulama Pali and very soon after there was no longer active lava on the coastal plain.

A large pahoehoe flow is active within about a mile of the 61g vent on the flank of Pu’u ‘O’o and is advancing toward the edge of Pulama Pali. Although it’s impossible to predict what will happen or when, we’re hopeful that this new flow will soon flow down the pali onto the coastal plain.

As soon as that happens we’ll resume our lava tours once again. Stay tuned!