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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 11/11/14

November 11, 2014, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated November 11, 9:01 AM
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The front of the June 27 Kilauea lava flow remains stalled just 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense says that the flow front has remained in that position since Oct. 30. Breakouts along the flow are currently gaining the most attention, however, as one of those lobes set a residential home ablaze at 11:55 a.m. Monday.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says breakouts above Apa’a Street are responsible for the lava that claimed the residence and is creeping within 22 yards of a fence at the Pahoa Transfer Station.

The most active breakout is currently about 820 yards above Apa’a Street, and according to HVO, is on the north side of the main flow. Breakouts are currently being observed between 490 yards and 1.7 miles upslope of Apa’a Street.

In Tuesday morning’s Civil Defense update, Administrator Darryl Oliveira said that smoke conditions were graded as “moderate to heavy” and blowing towards the Leilani and lower Puna areas, thanks to a light trade wind pattern.

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Residents downslope of the lava flow remain under an evacuation advisory and will continue to receive updates on the lava’s advancement.

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Pahoa Village Road remains closed between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road. Access to that area is being limited to residents of the restricted area.

Public safety officials, along with personnel from Hawai’i County Civil Defense, continue to work in the area around the clock to monitor activity from the lava flow.

The County announced Monday that it will hold another lava flow community update meeting on Thursday at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria. It will start at 6:30 p.m.

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Representatives from Civil Defense and HVO will be on hand to share the latest information with residents and to answer questions.

The Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center remains open at the Pahoa Community Center. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

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