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HVO: Lava Could Reach Apa’a St. on Nov. 1

October 14, 2014, 4:53 PM HST
* Updated October 14, 4:56 PM
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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says that if the June 27 Kilauea lava flow continues at its current pace, lava could reach Pahoa’s Apa’a St. on Nov. 1.

The latest projection comes after an overflight conducted Wednesday morning by Hawai’i County Civil Defense. The leading front of the lava flow moved approximately 45 yards to the northeast since Monday morning.

HVO says that the lava flow front has moved approximately 81 yards per day since Oct. 6. Based on its estimates, the front is located 0.9 miles upslope from Apa’a St. and 0.7 in a straight-line distance.

Civil Defense, however, has said in the last few days that the flow is 0.6 miles from Apa’a St.

Because of the possibility for changes in the lava flow’s speed and direction, any projection released could change at anytime.

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HVO notes that there are several breakouts located along the front 1.3 miles of the flow, and more can be found where the lava enters the crack system.

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Civil Defense notes that there continues to be active burning along vegetation directly in contact with the flow. There is no brush fire threat from the current burning activity, but moderate to heavy smoke continues to be felt in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

HVO says it will do another overflight on Wednesday.

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