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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 10/22/14

October 22, 2014, 4:28 PM HST
* Updated October 22, 4:29 PM
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Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Wednesday that its morning overflight determined that the narrow finger that has been quickly advancing has now become the leading edge of the June 27 Kilauea lava flow.

The breakout advanced 100 yards since yesterday and overtook the original flow front in the past 24 hours.

Although the original flow has been overtaken, it remains active as it continues to move slowly, advancing only about 25 yards since yesterday.

All flow activity continues to remain about 0.6 miles from the Apa’a St. area.

According to Civil Defense, burning activity remains at a minimum, however, smoke conditions are moderate and a south wind is causing both smoke and vog conditions that extend across lower Puna and into Hilo.

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The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported Wednesday morning that Kilauea has continued to erupt at its summit, as well as within the East Rift Zone.

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Gas emissions have remained elevated.

HVO also reported that no significant change in ground tilt has occurred at the summit, as well as no net change in the lava lake level.

Currently, the flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to communities in the area and no evacuations are in place. Should evacuations become necessary, residents of affected areas will be given adequate time to safely evacuate.

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

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