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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/17/15

February 17, 2015, 9:08 AM HST
* Updated February 17, 10:57 AM
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The small south margin breakout upslope from the original June 27 lava flow front has shown no advancement since Monday morning.

Following its Tuesday morning overflight assessment, Hawai’i County Civil Defense reported that the breakout, located about 600 yards behind the flow front, is moving sluggishly. This breakout was first reported on Sunday and advanced just under 100 yards between Saturday and Monday mornings.

Additional breakouts along both the north and south margins continue to show activity, proof that the tube system is continuing to supply lava from the source.

Civil Defense said Tuesday that other downslope areas of the flow continue to show no change.

Activity is not currently posing any threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory  personnel, will continue to monitor activity and keep the public informed of any changes.

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Light to moderate smoke conditions were reported Tuesday morning as a light north wind was blowing smoke in a southeast direction. As usual, these conditions may increase and those who are sensitive should take necessary precautions.

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Burning activity has been limited to vegetation along the edges of the breakouts. Fire conditions continue to be monitored.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

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