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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 11/5/14

November 5, 2014, 11:03 AM HST
* Updated November 5, 11:06 AM
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The June 27 lava flow remains stalled, as it has been for the past five days. Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Monday morning that the flow front also shows very little activity.

Signs of inflation remain apparent on the flow pad, which could lead to more breakouts and activity

Currently, the flow front remains 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road. The breakouts that have occurred upslope remain 0.7-1.5 miles above Apa’a Street and along the north side of the flow, moving in a north-northeast direction.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists have continued to monitor the flow.

According to HVO, although the leading edge remains stalled with low activity, breakouts in areas upslope of the leading edge and from lobes along the flow margins are persistent, active, and continue to inflate.


On Tuesday, the most active breakout was 0.7 miles above Apa’a Street, on the north side of the flow. Other smaller breakouts were observed near the Pahoa Cemetery, a few hundred meters upslope from the transfer station, and just east of Kaohe Homesteads on the south side of the flow.


Wednesday morning, Civil Defense’s overflight noted activity at the breakout 0.7 miles above Apa’a Street, and another 1.5 miles above Apa’a Street. These flows were moving in the north-northeast direction.

Smoke in the area remains light and light trade winds are blowing. Conditions involving smoke have the possibility of increasing and individuals with respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions.

Residents who are in the down slope area of the flow projection path will continue to remain on an evacuation advisory and will continue to be kept informed on the flow status and advancement.


Closure of Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and Post Office Road remains in effect.

Civil Defense and public safety personnel will continue to operate in the area around the clock to maintain close observation of flow activity and to ensure public safety.

The next lava community meeting will be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.

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