June 27 Lava Flow Update – 12/23/14
The June 27 lava flow front appears to have stalled.
Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Tuesday morning overflight assessment shows that there has been no advancement in the leading flow front since 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Currently, the leading edge of the flow is about 0.6 miles upslope from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection, in the vicinity of the Pahoa Marketplace.
Civil Defense reported that surface breakouts and activity along both margins were noted in upslope areas of the flow front but that the front itself has not advancement.
There is no threat to area communities at this time and Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel, will continue to maintain close observation of the activity.
Businesses in the Pahoa Marketplace continue to take steps to prepare for a possible evacuation, and motorists in the area are asked to drive with caution and be prepared for increased traffic.
Light smoke conditions were reported by Civil Defense Tuesday morning, as light variable winds were blowing smoke in a southsoutheast direction. As usual these smoke conditions have the possibility of increasing and those who are sensitive or who have respiratory issues are encouraged to take necessary precautions and stay indoors.
Railroad Avenue, the alternate access road that opened on Saturday, Dec. 20, remains open. The opening of the road is to allow motorists to get familiarized with the road and traffic flow should the closure of Highway 130 be necessary.
There is no anticipated road closure of Highway 130 at this time and it currently remains open.