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June 27 Lava Flow Continues Near Wao Kele O Puna Boundary

September 8, 2014, 2:55 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 2:59 PM
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Hawai`i County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira announced Monday that an early morning helicopter flight over the June 27 lava flow shows a 150-yard advance since Sunday’s flight.

In a radio message, Oliveira stated that the lava flow remains eight-tenths of a mile upslope pf the Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve. The flow is moving north and parallel to the forest reserve boundary.

“The surface flow is moving very slowly and does not pose an immediate threat to area residents,” Oliveira announced.

No evacuation orders have been given. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has said that lava could reach the Kaohe Homesteads within days, but the path of the lava flow is still too unpredictable.

The County of Hawai`i announced last week that additional community meetings will be held this Tuesday and Thursday at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria for Puna residents wanting additional information on the lava flow. Both meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

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