East Hawaii News

June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/1/15

February 1, 2015, 10:05 AM HST
* Updated February 1, 10:07 AM
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Following its Sunday morning overflight assessment of the June 27 lava flow, Hawai’i County Civil Defense reported that all downslope portions of the flow have shown no forward advancement. Limited activity was observed at breakouts within or on the surface of the flow.

The distal portions of the flow that originated as breakouts from the north margin and showed aggressive movement towards the highway remains stalled 0.36 miles from Highway 130, just west of the Pahoa Police and Fire stations. This portion of the flow has not seen advancement since Jan. 26.

Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will continue to maintain close observation of the flow and keep the public informed of any changes.

Light smoke conditions were reported Sunday morning as a light variable wind was blowing the smoke in a southwest direction. As usual, these conditions have the possibility of changing and officials advise individuals who are sensitive to take necessary precautions and remain indoors.

Additionally, Civil Defense is reminding the public that the Public Lava Viewing area at the Pahoa Transfer Station has been closed beginning Sunday. The closure will allow the area to be restored to its original use as a waste facility with a targeted reopening date of March 1.

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