June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/2/15
During the past week, activity and advancement within the June 27 lava flow has remained relatively the same.
Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Monday morning overflight assessment of the flow determined that activity at all the downslope flow areas remain at a halt. Also noted by the agency was limited activity consisting of breakouts occurring within or on the flow pad surface along both margins of the flow.
The most distal portion of the breakout stemming from the north margin of the flow that has been watched closely for nearly a month continues to remain about 0.36 miles from Highway 130, just west of the Pahoa Police and Fire stations. This portion of the flow has not shown any forward advancement since last Monday, Jan. 26.
According to HVO, its tiltmeter along the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō recorded a small amount of inflation. Aside from the slight increase, however, eruption activity has remained steady.
Close observation continues by Civil Defense, who continues to work in close proximity with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The public will continue to be kept informed of any changes.
Moderate to heavy smoke and vog conditions were reported Monday morning as a light south wind was blowing smoke in a northeast direction. As usual, these conditions have the possibility of increasing and individuals who are sensitive or have known respiratory issues are advised to take necessary precautions and remain indoors.
Additionally, officials say that no brush fire activity has been noted as fire conditions continue to be monitored.