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Puna lava flow breakouts advancing upslope of Apaa St, still no activity downslope

Courtesy: County of Hawaii Courtesy: County of Hawaii
PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i County Civil Defense officials say Puna lava flow breakouts are still active approximately 3.6 miles upslope of Apa'a Street. They say none of the activity poses an immediate threat to area residents.

USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say lava flowing in the lowermost part of the ground crack system where the breakouts are active upslope has been advancing northeast within the crack system and north along the western boundary of the original June 27th flow. HVO scientists say by Thursday, the leading edge advanced about 0.3 miles northeast of the abandoned geothermal well site, and about 1.2 miles west of Ka'ohe Homesteads. They say by Friday morning, the flow had reached a ground crack -- the same ground crack which lava partially filled and flowed out of around September 6 -- about 0.2 miles north of the front as mapped on Thursday. USGS says there were no signs of active breakouts downslope of this lobe. The next HVO overflight is scheduled for Monday, weather permitting.

Hawai'i County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says the evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.

Post Office Road is once again open to two-way traffic. However, Pahoa Village Road between Apa'a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Officials say access to the businesses and commercial areas of the Pahoa town can be made through the Pahoa Village Road at the intersection of Highways 130 and 132. Oliveira apologizes for any inconvenience the road closure may be experiencing and reminds everyone that the Pahoa town center and businesses are open and accessible. However, officials say if there is a continued lack of activity downslope, they plan to reopen the currently closed portion of Pahoa Village Road sometime next week. Apa'a Street would remain closed.

Civil Defense, public safety personnel and Hawai'i National Guard troops will continue to be operating in the areas off Pahoa Village Road and Apa'a Street round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity.

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