USGS plans volcano mapping flyovers

  • U.S. Geological Survey map

    Areas that will be covered by a helicopter lidar survey in June. Red lines enclose areas over which the survey helicopter will fly at 1,300 feet above ground level. Green lines enclose areas over which the helicopter will fly at 500 feet above ground level.

  • Photo courtesy of Windward Aviation During the lidar survey, equipment will be mounted on a bright yellow Hughes 500 helicopter like the one shown here.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo This aerial view of Kilauea volcano’s caldera was taken in March.

A low-flying helicopter will be documenting changes to Puna’s landscape from last year’s eruption of Kilauea volcano.