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June 27 Lava Flow Update – 3/8/15

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The June 27 lava flow is once again on the move. Hawai’i County Civil Defense reported advancement in the area of the recent south margin breakout early Sunday morning.

During its daily overflight assessment of the flow, Civil Defense noted that the small breakout, which began about 800 yards upslope from the stalled flow fronts, had advanced about 200 yards since Saturday morning.

As of Sunday morning, the leading edge of the breakout was reportedly 0.8 miles upslope from Highway 130.

Additional activity continues on the surface of the flow, as well as along both margins. The breakouts begin just above the stalled flow fronts and continues up to the summit area. Civil Defense says that this activity provides evidence that lava is still being supplied to the tube system and is making its way downslope.

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

Light smoke conditions were reported following the overflight as a light northwest wind was blowing smoke in a southeast direction. These conditions, as usual, have the possibility of increasing. Those who are sensitive should take necessary precautions.

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