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Lava Flow Update for Friday, Sept. 5

September 5, 2014, 2:25 PM HST
* Updated September 5, 3:49 PM
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According to a Hawai`i County Civil Defense announcement issued Friday, Sept. 5, the so-called June 27th lava flow continues to move “very slowly” in an east, northeast direction with little vegetation burning.

The surface flow has advanced approximately 150 yards since Thursday.

According to the report, subsurface flow activity remains evident with the presence of steam plumes being emitted from the crack system.

The surface flow is moving very slowly and does not pose an immediate threat to area residents.

It’s located approximately .8 miles southwest, or up slope, from the Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve near the Kaohe Homestead subdivision.

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No evacuation is required at this time; however, some Kaohe residents are preparing for the threat as lava continues to advance at about 800 feet per day.

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Recently, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory upgraded its Eruption Alert status from a watch status to a warning.

At the same time, Hawai`i County Mayor Billy Kenoi issued an emergency proclamation which allows authorities to restrict access to Kaohe Homesteads to residents only and allows for the county to start planning in case the lava crosses Highway 130.

County officials are advising residents to review their emergency plans if conditions change and an evacuation is deemed necessary.

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Keep checking Big Island Now for your latest volcano updates.

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