June 27 Lava Flow Update – 1/22/15
The northern most distal tip of the active and advancing June 27 lava flow has been observed by Hawai’i County Civil Defense as stalled for the second day in a row.
During its morning overflight, Civil Defense noted that the breakout advancing from the north side of the flow continues to remain active and shows signs of widening, however is proving to be sluggish with little advancement since Wednesday.
This portion of the lava flow was last active between Monday to Tuesday mornings, where it advanced about 15 yards. The leading edge of the breakout is about 0.4 miles from Highway 130 to the west of the Pahoa Police and Fire Stations.
In addition to the stalled advancement in the most recent moving portion of the flow in the downslope area, Civil Defense reported that the original flow front and south margin breakout both also continue to remain stalled.
The two breakouts located along the north margin and located about 1-1.5 miles upslope from the stalled original flow front were noted as showing little activity and no signs of advancement.
Additional breakouts were seen during Civil Defense’s morning overflight assessment in areas along both margins of the flow, as well as within the flow pad.
Despite numerous areas of activity and flow uncertainty, Civil Defense ensures the public that none of the current activity poses a threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, is committed to maintaining a watchful eye on the flow and its activity and will continue to keep the public informed.
Fire conditions that caused brush fires last week remain contained within the fire break areas. Hawai’i Fire Department personnel continue to monitor conditions and remain on scene. Burning is limited to hot spots and flare ups within those fire perimeters and there is currently no threat to residents or property.
Smoke conditions have slightly improved over the past week as they were reported Thursday morning as light to moderate, as a light southwest wind was blowing the smoke in a northeast direction. As usual, these conditions have the potential to change and those who are sensitive or have respiratory issues should take necessary precautions and stay inside.
A Pahoa community lava meeting will be held Thursday evening at the Pahoa High School cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.