PAHOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say satellite observations over the past few days indicate Puna lava flow breakouts in the ground crack system continue to advance downslope between the abandoned geothermal well site and Kaohe Homesteads.
HVO scientists say webcam imagery of smoke from burning forest suggests that the flow is advancing an average of about 275 yd/day both on top of and along the northwest margin of the original June 27th flow. Based on this data, USGS says the flow is now within about 2.5 miles of Apa'a Street. An HVO overflight is planned for Monday, weather permitting.
Hawai'i County Civil Defense officials say Sunday's helicopter assessment was not possible due to an ongoing search and rescue mission. However, officials say none of the activity poses any immediate threat to area communities.
Officials say smoke conditions Sunday were light in the immediate area with all smoke from burning vegetation being blown in a southeast direction. They say smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take precautions and remain indoors, if possible.
Pahoa Village Road reopened to all traffic on Wednesday, but officials are reminding motorists to drive carefully as some utility pole protection material is still in place. Authorities are also reminding people passing through the area to please respect residents who were affected by the lava flow and do not trespass on private property.
Hawai'i County Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel are continuing to monitor flow activity and say residents down slope will be kept informed of any changes in advancement and status.