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June 17 Lava Flow Update – 1/11/15

January 11, 2015, 9:24 AM HST
* Updated January 11, 9:26 AM
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Sunday morning’s Hawai’i County Civil Defense June 27 lava flow assessment showed that the two active breakouts that have been on the move for the past six days have advanced 90 yards since Saturday. The breakouts are about 1-1.5 miles behind the current stalled front along the north margin of the flow and continue to move in a northeast direction.

The flow front and south margin breakout that were very active in the past have remained stalled for over a week and shows no signs of advancement or activity. The leading edge of the stalled flow is 0.5 miles from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Additional activity and surface widening is continuing about 300 yards upslope from the flow front, as noted by Civil Defense.

In addition to the surface activity, breakouts and activity continues upslope along both the north and south margins of the flow. Civil Defense says none of this activity poses an immediate threat to communities in the area, and they, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will continue to keep a watchful eye on activity and keep the public informed.

Civil Defense reported light to moderate smoke conditions Sunday morning as a light trade wind was blowing smoke in a southwest direction. As usual, these conditions have the possibility of increasing and individuals who are sensitive or have a history of respiratory issues are advised by officials to take necessary precautions and remain indoors.

According to HVO, the tiltameter on the north flank of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone recorded very weak inflation since Saturday. No significant change was reported by all other monitoring data at Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

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The Pahoa Transfer Station viewing area hours have been modified, effective Friday, Jan. 9. Viewing hours are now from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Indefinite suspension of the viewing area access will begin Feb. 1.

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The distal tip of the flow that had been threatening the Pahoa Marketplace remains stalled, while activity upslope continues. The northern lobes continue to advance. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

The distal tip of the flow that had been threatening the Pahoa Marketplace remains stalled, while activity upslope continues. The northern lobes continue to advance. Photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

The prevailing winds blow the gas plume rising from PuÔu ÔOÔo down over Hilina Pali.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

In this photo taken on Jan. 10, the prevailing winds blow the gas plume rising from PuÔu ÔOÔo down over Hilina Pali. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

This photo shows gas and smoke rising from the flow field in the vicinity of the old geothermal pad. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/ Paradise Helicopters.

Gas and smoke rising from the flow field in the vicinity of the old geothermal pad. Photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo credit: Extreme Exposure/Paradise Helicopters.

The northern lobe continues to creep along and widen.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters

The northern lobe continues to creep along and widen. Photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters

This photo taken Jan. 10 shows a large breakout about 300 yards upslope of the distal tip, poured lava onto the flow field.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

This photo, taken Jan. 10, shows a large breakout about 300 yards upslope of the distal tip, pouring lava onto the flow field. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

The surface of this pahoehoe breakout cools rapidly, creating a wrinkly skin as shown in this photo taken on Jan. 10.  Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

The surface of this pahoehoe breakout cools rapidly, creating a wrinkly skin, as shown in this photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

A toe of lava consumes toppled trees in the flow field near the old geothermal pad in this photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

A toe of lava consumes toppled trees in the flow field near the old geothermal pad in this photo taken on Jan. 10. Photo: Extreme Exposure Media/Paradise Helicopters.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Jan. 11 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense photo.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Jan. 11 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense photo.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Jan. 10 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense photo.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Jan. 11 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense photo.

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