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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 10/21/14

October 21, 2014, 5:30 PM HST
* Updated October 21, 5:40 PM
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After two days of nearly stalled movement, Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Tuesday morning that the June 27 Kilauea lava flow front has resumed activity and has moved about 30 yards since yesterday.

Although the flow has regained movement, it still remains about 0.6 miles from the Apa’a St. area.

According to Civil Defense, the narrow finger along the southeast edge of the front has remained active and advanced about 125 yards. The finger is behind the leading front of the lava flow and is moving in a northeast direction.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released information Monday morning about the breakout, stating that if the lobe continues at its current pace of 90 yards per day on average, it could be a day or two from overtaking the tip of the flow front.

Burning and smoke conditions continued to be light to moderate this morning.

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A HVO overflight Monday afternoon made note that the flow front has widened and that small breakouts are scattered across the flow from near the front to about 1.2 miles upslope.

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Lava flow activity does not currently pose a threat to area communities and no evacuations are in place. Should evacuations become necessary, residents of those areas will be given sufficient time to safely evacuate.

The County of Hawai’i has established an Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. The public is invited to visit the center to obtain information and have their questions answered.

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The next lava flow community update meeting with representatives from Civil Defense and HVO will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

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