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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 1/1/15

January 1, 2015, 8:45 AM HST
* Updated January 1, 8:52 AM
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The June 27 lava flow continues to remain stalled as the New Year begins. Hawai’i County Civil Defense said that during its Thursday morning overflight assessment, minimal activity at the flow front was observed and no advancement had occurred since Wednesday.

At the current time, the flow is stalled about 0.5 miles from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection and about 660 yards from the Pahoa Marketplace.

Activity in upslope areas continues, and according to Civil Defense, a breakout along the south margin of the flow is active and advanced about 20 yards since Wednesday afternoon. This particular breakout is about 150 yards behind the now stalled flow front. Other breakouts on the surface and activity along the south and north margin of the flow in upslope area continue. At this time, none of the activity poses an immediate threat to communities in the area, Civil Defense along with personnel from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to keep a watchful eye on the activity and keep the public informed.

Moderate smoke conditions were reported in the area Thursday morning as a light variable wind blows the smoke.

The Pahoa Transfer Station, which has been home to the public lava viewing area since Dec. 17, will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1. Normal viewing access will resume on Friday, Jan.2 and the site will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Overflight view of the June 27 lava flow taken on Dec. 31. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

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