(ABOVE PHOTO) Photo shows the lava flow on Tuesday, along with the tire fire that drew everyone’s attention. Images courtesy ‘Ena Media Hawai’i/Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
- The lava flow has advanced 45 yards since this 1:30 p.m. this afternoon and is currently about 370 yards from Pāhoa Village Road. The flow is moving at an average rate of 10-15 yards per hour.
- Burning activity is now involving a variety of materials – like the big tire fire that drew attention all over town – and civil defense says smoke conditions may increase in some areas.
- Residents downslope of the lava remain on an evacuation advisory and were notified of the possible need for evacuation beginning last night.
- Governor Neil Abercrombie assessed the situation with staff on Tuesday, from the air and on the ground.
This is an eruption and lava flow Information update for Tuesday, October 28 at 6:15PM. The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 45 yards since this 1:30 this afternoon and is currently approximately 370 yards from Pāhoa Village Road. The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and has entered a private residential property. The flow advancement has been averaging approximately 10-15 yards per hour.
Smoke conditions were moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Presently burning activity is involving a variety of materials to include tires and smoke conditions may increase in some areas. Residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors. Additional health advisories may be issued depending upon materials involved with any fires associated with the lava flow.
Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path were placed on an evacuation advisory and notified of possible need for evacuation beginning last night. 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.
The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. Motorist should use caution and slow down on Highway 130 near the Post Office Road intersection. Residents of the restricted area should not bring unauthorized persons into the restricted area. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Oct. 28 at 6:15 p.m. HST
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. The flow continued to move through private property today. The advance rate of the narrow leading edge has been variable over the past day, and as high as 16 meters (17 yards) per hour. The flow width was less than about 50 meters (55 yards) at the leading edge and as wide as 150 meters (165 yards) immediately upslope as breakouts have occurred along margins of the flow. Portions of the flow continued to inflate by as much as 2 meters as new fresh new lava was delivered to the advancing flow front.
As of 5:30 PM, the flow was 310 meters (340 yards) in a straight line distance from Pāhoa Village Road and about 900 meters (985 yards) in a straight-line distance from Highway 130.
The lava lobe upslope of Apa`a Street advanced about 30 meters (82 yards) since yesterday. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 28 at 5:57 p.m. HST