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Puna lava flow activity picks up after stalling several days

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PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say the Puna lava flow has advanced approximately 30 yards since Monday -- the first measurable forward progress since October 17, though there have been several active breakouts. Officials say although the flow is still 0.6 miles from Apaa Street near the Pahoa Transfer Station, it has widened.

USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say one narrow finger along the southeast edge of the flow has pushed downslope approximately 125 yards and is moving northeast. They believe if it keeps moving at its current rate of about 90 yd/day it will overtake the tip of the flow in the next 24 hours. USGS says the only other breakouts observed on the flow were mid-way along its length in the same area where lava first entered cracks on August 18.

County officials say Tuesday morning's overflight indicated very little burning activity and smoke conditions were light to moderate.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say currently all lava flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says no evacuation is needed at this time and residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

Officials also want to remind people that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. The Kaohe Homesteads subdivision is still restricted to property-owners and residents only.

The next lava flow community update meeting will be held with representatives from Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

In addition, the County of Hawaii has established an Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. Residents are invited to the information center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For the latest Civil Defense message, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/. For more information, contact Hawaii County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.

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