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Puna lava flow breakout crosses Apaa Street

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Courtesy: USGS Courtesy: USGS
PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report a breakout just above Apaa Street/Cemetery Road sent lava across the road along the north margin of the Puna lava flow. 

They say the breakout has separated into three lobes: 1) moving along the existing flow margin towards the cemetery, 2) moving down the road towards the transfer station, and 3) moving towards an abandoned set of buildings across the street from the transfer station. These lobes were advancing at a rate of about 6 yards per hour or less. HVO scientists say the lobe along the road came into contact with the cinder pile surrounding a newly installed metal power pole Sunday afternoon.

USGS says the lobe near the transfer station remains active and has advanced to within about 22 yards of the station fence -- however, they say small-scale topography is expected to direct this flow parallel to the fence line.

The leading edge of the flow has not advanced since October 30 and remains 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road. Experts say the closest active lava to Pahoa Village Road is located on the north margin of the flow field between the cemetery and private property. Small, sluggish breakouts and flow inflation were also occurring in the vicinity of the cemetery.

More details as they develop on Hawaii News Now.

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