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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 2/27/15

February 27, 2015, 8:58 AM HST
* Updated February 27, 11:52 PM
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Following its Friday morning overflight assessment, Hawai’i County Civil Defense noted that no change continues to be seen in the downslope areas of the June 27 lava flow.

Activity was observed in numerous breakouts on the surface of the flow, as well as some slight breakout activity along both the north and south margins of the flow.

Civil Defense said that the breakouts on the flow pad continue to provide indication that lava is continuously being supplied to the tube system from the source and is traveling downslope.

The north margin breakout that was recently active continues to move sluggishly and has shown no advancement since Monday morning, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

HVO also made note that the breakout that began from the upper June 27 tube along the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō is showing signs of slowed activity. The breakout, about 2 miles northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, remains active near the forest boundary.

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None of the current flow activity is posing a threat to communities in the area. Civil Defense, along with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will continue to monitor the flow and inform the public of any changes.

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Light smoke and vog conditions were reported Friday morning as a light southwest wind was blowing smoke and vog in a northeast direction. These conditions have the possibility of increasing. Individuals who are sensitive or have a history of respiratory issues should take necessary precautions.

No brush fire activity has been noted as Hawai’i County Fire Department officials continue to monitor conditions.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 27 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 27 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 27 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense lava flow map, as of Feb. 27 at 7 a.m. Civil Defense image.

This photo, taken Feb. 27 at 7 a.m., shows the breakout along north flow margin, looking down slope towards Highway 130 and Pahoa Marketplace. Hawai'i County Civil Defense photo.

This photo, taken Feb. 27 at 7 a.m., shows the breakout along the north flow margin, looking downslope towards Highway 130 and Pahoa Marketplace. Hawai’i County Civil Defense photo.

This photo, Feb. 27 at 7 a.m., shows the upslope breakout near the vent. Hawai'i County Civil Defense.

This photo, taken Feb. 27 at 7 a.m., shows the upslope breakout near the vent. Hawai’i County Civil Defense photo.

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