East Hawaii News

June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/19/15

February 19, 2015, 9:02 AM HST
* Updated February 19, 9:05 AM
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Following its Thursday morning overflight assessment of the June 27 lava flow, Hawai’i County Civil Defense said that the trend of no change continues to be seen.

While the downslope most areas of the flow remain stalled, Civil Defense noted that surface breakouts and breakouts along each of the two margins continue upslope of those areas. The activity shows indication of an active tube system being supplied from the source.

The small breakout along the south margin of the flow, initially reported Sunday to be about 600 yards upslope from the original stalled flow front, has shown no advancement since Monday.

Officials say that none of the current lava activity poses a threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to monitor the flow and keep the public informed of any changes.

Light to moderate smoke conditions were reported Thursday morning as a light north west was blowing smoke in a southeast direction. As usual, these conditions have the possibility of increasing. Those who have respiratory issues are advised to take precautions.

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Burning activity continues to be limited to vegetation burning along the edges of the breakouts. Officials are monitoring fire conditions closely.

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