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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/21/15

February 21, 2015, 11:06 AM HST
* Updated February 21, 11:08 AM
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Following Hawai’i County Civil Defense’s Saturday morning overflight assessment of the June 27 lava flow, it was noted that the north margin breakout first reported Friday morning has advanced about 90 yards in the past 24 hours.

The leading edge of the advancing flow is located approximately 1 mile west of Highway 130.

In addition to the breakout, Civil Defense reported that no change has occurred in the downslope areas of the flow. Surface breakouts, as well as breakouts along the north and south margins of the flow front, continue. Officials say this activity provides proof that lava is continuing to be supplied to the tube system, and that lava coming from the source is traveling to downslope areas.

Officials say the activity is not currently posing a threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will continue to monitor conditions and inform the public of any changes in activity.

Moderate smoke conditions were reported Saturday morning as a light southwest wind was blowing smoke in a northeast direction. As usual, these smoke conditions have the potential of increasing and those who are sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions.

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A light rain was reportedly falling during Civil Defense’s overflight. No brush fire activity or threat was reported.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 21 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 21 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 21 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

 

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