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Weak Surface Activity Reported at June 27 Lava Flow Front

September 30, 2014, 4:45 PM HST
* Updated September 30, 4:47 PM
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The June 27 Kilauea lava flow has shown very little activity since Monday’s observations from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai`i County Civil Defense.

Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said Tuesday that front of the June 27 lava flow had “not advanced much” since Monday’s assessment.

Breakouts several hundred yards behind the flow front have also slowed down. Oliveira said that the flows located upslope of the front had advanced just 20 yards in the previous 24 hours.

According to the HVO, the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater continues to churn out lava through the lava tube, but at a smaller volume compared to measurements taken two weeks ago. About five miles behind the stalled flow front, HVO scientists are observing lava breakouts where the flow first enters the crack system and three miles ahead at the exit of the crack system.

Oliveira maintains that no evacuations are necessary at this time.

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Road work continues as preparations are being made for the possibility of the lava flow affecting roads in Puna. In a daily release by County Councilman Greggor Ilagan, work has begun between the Chain of Craters Road and Highway 130. Ilagan said that bulldozing work has started on the eastern side of the road, which is taken care of by the state. Work has not yet started on the western end of the road, which is located inside Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

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Government Beach Road is nearly finished, according to Ilagan. Hawai`i Electric Light crews are still working to install power poles along the road, resulting in limited access to the road.

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