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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 12/29/14

December 29, 2014, 8:58 AM HST
* Updated December 29, 9:03 AM
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Sluggish movement continues for the June 27 lava flow that remains about 680 yards from the Pahoa Marketplace, advancing 20 yards since Sunday afternoon, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Monday morning overflight assessment.

After a stall in movement on Dec. 22, the flow front has only made minimal advancement since it began advancing again on Saturday.

At the current time, the flow is about 0.6 miles from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection.

Various breakouts and activity have been reported by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s web cameras and Civil Defense along both margins of the flow, none of which pose an immediate threat to communities in the area. Both Civil Defense and HVO continue to keep a watchful eye on activity and will continue to keep the community informed.

Civil Defense reported light to moderate smoke and combined vog conditions Monday morning, as light variable winds were causing the smoke and vog to settle over the eastern areas of Puna through Hilo. These conditions have the possibility of increasing and individuals who are sensitive or have prior respiratory issues are advised to take necessary precautions and remain indoors.

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Railroad Avenue continues to remain open to allow motorists to get familiar with the road and traffic flow. Drivers are advised to stay on the designated route and abide by the posted speed limit.

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There is no anticipated road closure of Highway 130 at this time.

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