June 27 Lava Flow Update – 11/18/14
It has began as another quiet day in the down slope area of the June 27 lava flow. Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Tuesday morning assessment continues to show a lack of activity in the lower areas of the crack system. Things have remained relatively quiet, with no advancements of breakout activity since Saturday.
Civil Defense, however, did make note that numerous surface breakouts and flows were noted in upslope areas, from the vent to the crack system. Activity in those areas is an indication that lava remains in the system.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed in a Monday morning release that breakouts upslope of the crack system remain active. The various breakouts are estimated to be between 1 mile and 5.6 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
Light smoke conditions are occurring and a light trade wind is blowing in a south-southwest direction. There is the possibility that smoke conditions may increase in some areas, and individuals who have a history of respiratory issues are advised by Civil Defense to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.
Kilauea’s summit has had a deflationary tilt in the past 24 hours, and the level of the summit lava lake at Halema’uma’u Crater has fluctuated slightly, according to HVO.
Residents in the down slope area of the anticipated flow path remain on an evacuation advisory. These residents will continue to be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.
Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and Post Office Road is still closed. However, access to the businesses and commercial areas of Pahoa is possible. Access to Pahoa is available through the Pahoa Village Road intersection of Highway 130 and Highway 132, as well as through Post Office Road.
Around the clock operations will continue for Civil Defense and public safety personnel to maintain close observation of flow activity and ensure public safety.