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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 3/7/15

March 7, 2015, 9:27 AM HST
* Updated March 8, 10:24 AM
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After weeks of little activity and stalled downslope areas, Hawai’i County Civil Defense reported Saturday morning that a small breakout located on the south margin of the flow, about 800 yards upslope from the stalled flow front, has shown signs of advancement. Officials say the breakout will be monitored closely.

Additional activity continues along the north and south margins just upslope of the stalled flow front and all the way up to the summit area. The breakouts and surface activity confirm that lava is still being supplied to the tube system and is traveling downslope, according to Civil Defense.

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

Civil Defense reported light smoke conditions Saturday morning as a light northwest wind was blowing smoke in a southeast direction. These conditions, as usual, have the possibility of changing. Individuals with sensitivities or who have a history of respiratory issues should prepare and take necessary precautions.

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This photo, taken March 6, shows a recent small breakout (light colored area) that has reached the flow boundary, triggering a small brush fire. USGS HVO photo.

This photo, taken March 6, shows a recent small breakout (light colored area) that has reached the flow boundary, triggering a small brush fire. USGS HVO photo.

This photo, taken on March 6, shows another small breakout upslope of the stalled flow front, triggering a small brush fire. Low clouds and rain prevented wider views of the flow activity today. USGS HVO photo.

This photo, taken on March 6, shows another small breakout upslope of the stalled flow front, triggering a small brush fire. Low clouds and rain prevented wider views of the flow activity today. USGS HVO photo.

This photo was taken March 6. Summit deflation over the past few days has been associated with a steadily dropping lava lake level. Friday morning, the lake was 72 m (240 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater. USGS HVO photo.

This photo was taken March 6. Summit deflation over the past few days has been associated with a steadily dropping lava lake level. Friday morning, the lake was 72 m (240 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater. USGS HVO photo.

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