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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 10/30/14

October 30, 2014, 9:51 AM HST
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The June 27 lava flow continues to move through a residential community in Pahoa.

It is estimated by Hawai’i County Civil Defense that the flow has advanced about 90 yards since 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Currently, the flow is 160 yards from Pahoa Village Road and continues to move in a northeast direction.

The flow advancement rate has remained relatively slow in the past 24 hours with spurts of movement, however, it has averaged approximately less than 5 yards per hour.

Smoke conditions in the area remain moderate and moderate trade winds from the northeast continue to push smoke in a south-southeast direction.

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Burning activity in the area involves a variety of materials and smoke conditions have the possibility of increasing in some areas.

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It is advised that residents who have a history of respiratory issues take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.

Civil Defense will issue additional advisories should they become necessary.

A Hawaiian Volcano Observatory release at 6 p.m. Wednesday stated that the previously mentioned south breakout upslope of the main flow along Apa’a Street was not active Wednesday. However, the small breakouts on the north side of the flow had advanced 75 to 120 yards in the past day.

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Additionally, HVO noted new breakouts on the surface and margins of the June 27 flow upslope to the crack system where lava began flowing on the surface in early September.

Residents in the area continue to be placed on an evacuation advisory and have been notified of the possibility of evacuation.

Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road remain closed.

Motorists driving in the area and along Highway 130 are asked to use caution and to slow down when approaching the Post Office Road intersection.

Close observation of flow activity will continue to be monitored by Civil Defense and public safety personnel around the clock.

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