(ABOVE PHOTO) This USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo taken on Oct. 25 shows lava advancing across the pasture between the Pāhoa cemetery and Apaʻa Street, surrounding a barbed wire fence.
(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Civil Defense message with new video from Hawaii County and Mick Kalber aboard Paradise Helicopters.
- The flow, which crossed Apa’a Street early this morning, continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 35 yards since 2 p.m. The flow is currently moving at approximately 10 yards per hour. Before nightfall, a small shed was consumed by the lava in the pasture between the Pāhoa cemetery and Apaʻa Street.
- Scientists say the lobe located to the southeast of the narrow finger is no longer advancing.
- Smoke from the burning asphalt is not affecting area communities at this time however residents are advised that conditions could change with the varying winds.
- New maps, photos and videos have been released by government agencies monitoring the flow.
The flow continues to remain active and has advanced approximately 35 yards since 2:00 this afternoon. The flow front crossed Apa’a Street at approximately 3:50am this morning and continues to advance in a northeast direction towards the cemetery. The flow is currently moving at approximately 10 yards per hour. Smoke from the burning asphalt is not affecting area communities at this time however residents are advised that conditions could change with the varying winds.
Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path will be placed on an evacuation notice.
The evacuation notice means residents in the flow path areas should prepare for possible evacuation in the next three to five days. Those area residents will be kept informed of the flow movement and are asked to complete all necessary preparations for a possible evacuation by Tuesday, October 28th.
Apa’a Street and Cemetery Road will remain closed between the Pahoa Transfer Station and the Kaohe Homesteads Road. 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. 25 at 7:45 p.m. HST
HVO scientists conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow throughout the morning and afternoon of Saturday, October 25, 2014. Earlier that morning, at about 3:50 AM, HST, the narrow finger that had been moving rapidly downslope reached and crossed Apaʻa Street / Cemetery Road near the driveway to the Pāhoa cemetery. The lobe located to the southeast of the narrow finger, described in yesterday’s status report, is no longer advancing.
Over the course of the day, the advance rate of the narrow finger varied between 10 and 15 m/hr (11 to 16 yd/hr)—that’s equivalent to 240–360 m/day (260–390 yd/day). Through the morning, the flow moved downlope along the cemetery driveway before veering to the southeast into the adjoining pasture in the early afternoon.
As of 5 PM, the flow was about 90 m (100 yd) above the cemetery and 160 m (175 yd) downslope of Apaʻa Street, and it had an average width of about 40 m (45 yd).
The pasture between Apaʻa Street and the cemetery is characterized by gentle topography, but the slopes increase at or just below the cemetery. If the flow reaches this point, its advance rate may increase.
The pasture is located between two of the steepest decent paths plotted on HVO’s lava flow maps, and it is unclear at this point which path the flow will follow. Both paths, however, join just below the cemetery, so the overall flow path leading to Pāhoa Village Road is unchanged.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Oct. 25 at 5:33 p.m. HST