5-31-18 Lava Videos From A Helicopter


I recently took another helicopter tour over the new eruption area in and around Leilani Estates. Fissure 8 has been shooting a continuous fountain up to 260′ into the air.

The huge flow from it at this writing is past 4 corners and moving into Kapoho. I’ll be doing another flight later today. I used 3 cameras. One was my trusty old Nikon D800 with a fixed 16 – 24mm lens for the wide shots and my newer Panasonic Lumix GH5 with the Lumix 35mm – 100mm (70mm – 200mm equivalent in a full frame system). The videos are from the GH5 shot in 4k and my GoPro Hero 5 was mounted to it shooting 1080p HD. The GoPro video is 44 minutes long and shows the entire tour other than some parts edited out because there wasn’t anything seen when I set that rig down to use the Nikon.

Panasonic GH5 video in 4K


GoPro Hero 5 in 1080p HD

I haven’t edited my still images so, no gallery to view yet.

Below are the links to the previous flight’s galleries.

So its easy to know which camera shot what images I loaded two separate galleries.

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter D800 (wide shots)

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter GH5 (zoomed in shots)

Both galleries start with images shot earlier that morning from Hwy 137 in Kapoho.

Remember, both galleries have multiple pages.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

The eruption is a beautiful sight to see but, tragic too.

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10-09-11 Lava Rivers and Streams


Here’s a post on lava rivers/streams. Since Pu’u O’o vent has been sending streams out from the new fissure on its east spillway, I decided it was time to explain the difference between this type of river vs the more normal lava tube breakout. People have asked a lot lately if I’ve been out there yet. I haven’t and the reason is, this type of river and its location are just too dangerous. Plus the area is very difficult to hike due to the horrible lava I explained in a earlier post. The east spillway of Pu’u O’o is very steep so, the flows move very fast up there. They also overflow their banks at anytime and any location so, getting close even if you made it that far is too risky. If the lava can move faster than you can, it’s too dangerous! Also, the lava can easily overflow suddenly from Pu’u O’o vent again and engulf this entire area like it did when this all started. Not to mention that much of this lava flows very fast and hollow leaving that nasty shelly pahoehoe or A’a lava flows that can be well over 15′ high. Stay away!!!

The samples I show in my photos here are from lava tube overflows. The main tube gets over-capacitated and a weak section of its roof is lifted away allowing the lava to escape. The section lifted away is called the “Manhole Cover”. I have witnessed this before on a large-scale. Included is a very rare photo of one that survived the overflow. 99% of the time the section is swept away by the powerful surge of lava. The higher elevations are the best for these lava tube overflows. They’re generally more powerful and much larger than on the flats. Getting caught by an event like this is one of the many occurring dangers that can kill you out there. Hiking active lava flows is an art that is learned carefully over a period of several years. Hiking a mature lava tube is one of my most favorite adventures to do. You have to know what you’re doing. Its nothing like the short walks to ocean entries.

The Manhole Cover image of course has a lava tube skylight. This was left over as the overflow was very brief and at a sudden 10′-15′ drop that allowed the lava to have an intense internal lavafall. The breakout occurred at the highest of the many small pali’s. I spent 8 hrs at this location. The following week I went on a skylight exploration hike and found 21 active ones. By far the most I’d ever seen on one hike. A week later they were all sealed up. These were 4-5 hr one way hikes. My next post will show some of my images. Or you can ck out my website to view many of them now.http://lavapix.com/2/348f7/c1692a/#/gallery/hvnp-lava-surface-flows-stock/a44/ If you find this post of interest, be sure and +1 or share it with your g+ or fb friends.  Be sure and add me to your google+ circles or Like my Facebook Fan Page for quicker and more frequent updates.

Lava rivers from previous hikes

Skylight Manhole cover


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