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After Week-Long Stall, June 27 Lava Flow In Motion

September 28, 2014, 5:55 PM HST
* Updated September 29, 1:42 PM
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The June 27 Kilauea Volcano lava flow is once again moving at its leading edge, roughly seven days after an overflight by Hawai`i County Civil Defense showed that the leading front of the flow had stalled.

In a daily message from Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, it was announced that the flow front had advanced approximately 25 yards between Saturday and Sunday morning.

The lava flow had been stalled about 1.4 miles upslope of Apa`a Street and 2.1 miles from the Pahoa Village Road.

Both the HVO and Civil Defense continue to monitor a breakout flow located upslope and north of the leading flow face. That flow moved approximately 30 yards in the past 24 hours.

Civil Defense maintains that the the lava flow, at any point along its path, still does not pose an immediate threat to area communities.

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The HVO said Friday that it was not giving out a projection on when the lava would have a direct impact on roadways and communities, but would possibly release a revised estimate after Monday’s overflight.

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Crews from Hawai`i Electric Light continue to work along Government Beach Road to prep for the installation of power poles. Access to the road is being limited to residents of the area to minimize delays and disruptions.

Representatives from the HVO and Civil Defense will continue to meet regularly with Puna residents on Thursdays at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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