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5-26-16 Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow - Nikon D800

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Kilauea volcanoes newest eruption/breakout. I only shot a short amount of video. Spent most of the time recuperating from the long hike and resting for the hike back. The heat from this type of flow is much more intense than the typical pahoehoe flows in my other videos. It radiates out quite a bit further. I'm at the front of a half mile long lava river. The front had reached a relatively flat area allowing the flow to bunch up and slow its forward progress. This front would stall by sunrise and the pressure further upstream led to breakouts 1/4 of a mile back on the interior of the flow field. Look closely at the top of the video clips and you can see the large river snaking its way down slope. It was approximately 30' wide. Too risky approaching that area. Especially with sharp turns in the river above and on a steep slope. Sudden and large overflows can cover up to a 1/2 mile faster than you can run. The flow front consisted of slabby pahoehoe. Look closely in from the front edge and you can see the river stirring up the flow. This causes large slabs to form. The scraping sounds heard are from the slabs being dragged along the cooled older flow. The sounds are similar to someone scraping their finger nails on a chalkboard. The blue flames that appear early in the video were very unusual as there wasn't any vegetation up that high to burn causing methane flames. The deep blue suggests possibly pure sulfur gases burning. This is something I had never seen before in the past 3 decades. There wasn't time to change my lens for a closer shot as the flow surged forward burying the flames forever. I also had to keep moving my gear far ahead of the flow. Throughout the visit steam was coming out from every crack up to a 1/4 of a mile from the flow front. All in all, very relaxing. More video from this adventure coming soon. Thanks for subscribing and watching. Many more videos to come. Be patient. What I do isn't always easy. Images from this hike can be seen here. http://lavapix.com/#/gallery/5-26-16-lava-flow/52616-2002x/ I only took a few and only with my Nikon D800 and the 16 mm wide angle lens. The video was shot with the same and the Nikon 180 mm for the helicopter shots. Those clips show the huge heat waves coming from this lava flow. My usual warning. Do not attempt to do what I do. I have 25 years of experience and I know what I'm doing out there. So many things can go wrong for those who don't understand or can't recognize the dangers of an eruption of this type. Stay away and watch my videos instead. ***All content copyright protected 2016 © Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com All rights reserved worldwide***