East Hawaii News

June 27 Lava Flow Update – 11/21/14

November 21, 2014, 10:12 AM HST
* Updated November 21, 10:16 AM
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Due to weather conditions, Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Friday morning assessment was delayed and these same conditions limited the access to upslope areas of the flow once the assessment was able to be conducted.

Continuing Friday, very little activity was observed along the downslope breakouts and no advancement in those areas has occurred. Conditions have remained consistently lulled all week with no advancement since Saturday.

Regardless of the lack of activity in the lower portions of the flow, numerous breakouts and flows have continued in areas from the vent to the crack system throughout the week, leading experts to believe that lava remains in the system.

According to Civil Defense, the nearest surface flow activity and surface breakouts is about 3.6 miles upslope of Apa’a Street in the area just below, and to the north of, the former geothermal well pad site.

Residents who live downslope of the flow continue to remain on an evacuation advisory and will continue to be kept informed.

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Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and Post Office Road remains closed. Civil Defense is working closely with other operations and said in a morning statement that “every consideration is being given to the reopening of the road as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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Businesses and commercials areas of Pahoa remain accessible through both Post Office Road and the Pahoa Village Road intersection with Highway 130 and Highway 132.

Around the clock operations continue for Civil Defense and public safety personnel to maintain close watch over the flow and ensure public safety.

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