June 27 Lava Flow Update – 1/4/15
Saturday marked 32 years since the ongoing Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption on Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone began. As the weekend anniversary comes to an end, Kilauea continues to erupt at its summit and within its East Rift Zone.
Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Sunday morning overflight shows that despite continued eruption activity, the June 27 lava flow front and the south margin breakout both remain stalled. No advancement has been seen in either area.
The now stalled flow front is about 0.5 miles upslope from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection, which is about 660 yards from the Pahoa Marketplace.
Civil Defense noted in its overflight that surface breakouts and activity is ongoing in upslope areas along both margins of the flow, however, none of the activity poses a threat to communities in the area. Both Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continue to keep a close watch on activity.
Moderate smoke conditions were reported by Civil Defense Sunday morning as a light north northeast wind was blowing smoke in a southwest direction. There is the possibility, as usual, of these smoke conditions increasing and individuals who are sensitive or have respiratory issues are advised to take necessary precautions and stay inside.