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Lava Information Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 18

September 15, 2014, 3:51 PM HST
* Updated September 15, 4:27 PM
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The Hawai`i County announced Monday that it has scheduled another lava flow community meeting for Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This comes as the June 27 lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano continues to move closer to the Kaohe Homesteads Subdivision and Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira announced in a Monday morning update that the active edge of the surface flow is just one-tenth of a mile from the upper corner of the Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve and Kaohe Homesteads boundary. In Monday morning’s assessment, the flow was tracking toward the northeast. It had moved about 250 yards from Sunday morning’s assessment.

Civil Defense maintains that the lava flow does not pose an immediate threat to communities in the area, and no evacuation notices have been given.

The county has opened an Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. Residents looking for additional information on the lava flow and its potential effects can stop by Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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