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June 27 Lava Flow Update For Sept. 11

September 11, 2014, 11:10 AM HST
* Updated September 11, 4:30 PM
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Lava is flowing towards the northwest edge of Kaohe Homesteads and could enter the Pahoa subdivision any day now.

According to the latest information from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, an HVO overflight Wednesday afternoon observed that the flow front had shifted towards a more northeast direction, bringing it closer to the western boundary of Kaohe.

The flow front at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday was about 9 miles from the vent and around .4 miles from the Forest Reserve/Kaohe Homesteads boundary.

The actual length of the flow is about 10 miles.

Between Sept. 6 and 10, the flow front has advanced at approximately 400 meters a day.


The flow front is still in thick forest, creating smoke plumes as it engulfs trees and other vegetation, but fires are not spreading away from the flow.


Small breakouts also remain active closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, roughly midway along the length of the June 27 flow.

None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.

The lava is also expected to reach Pahoa Village Road within 14-16 days if it is not further confined within the cracks and down-dropped blocks within the East Rift Zone of Kilauea.

Hawai’i County officials have started construction on Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road in the event that Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.

Hawai’i County officials will be holding a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pahoa High School cafeteria.


Keep checking back with Big Island Now for your latest lava updates.

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