East Hawaii News

June 27 Lava Front Stalls; Breakout Flow Moves Northeast

September 24, 2014, 5:51 PM HST
* Updated September 24, 5:53 PM
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Hawai`i County Civil Defense says the flow front of the June 27 Kilauea Volcano lava flow remains stalled, but a breakout flow several hundred yards upslope is closely being monitored.

The latest update from Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira shows the flow front remaining stagnant, but the breakout flow advanced about 100 yards toward the northeast and was moving in an northeastern direction.

Civil Defense maintains that there is no immediate threat to area communities, but asks the public to continue to monitor updates.

Away from the front of the flow, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is monitoring surface breakouts happening closer to the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. Lava continues to move at a pace of about 100 yards near the middle East Rift Zone.

Fire Department Takes Over Pahoa Senior Center

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The Hawai`i County Fire Department has taken control of the Pahoa Senior Center as the potential lava threat and possibility of brush fires continue. According to County Councilman Greggor Ilagan, several programs have been moved to accommodate the Fire Department’s use of the center as an emergency fire station until further notice.

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The Hawai`i County Nutrition Program and the Senior Club have been moved for the time being to the Nanawale Community Center, but that location will be closed from Oct. 20-31 as it is being used as a polling place during the general election. An alternate site during those times has not been announced.

The County’s Department of Parks and Recreation says that the Coordinated Services for the Elderly and Elderly Recreation Services  are being moved to the Kea`au Senior Center.

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