(ABOVE PHOTO) A USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory photo taken on Saturday shows sluggish pāhoehoe breakouts present along the south margin of the flow about 109 yards upslope of the leading edge of the flow.
- UPDATE: Civil defense confirms the Pahoa home that was being threatened by lava this morning has ignited after the edge of the lava flow came in contact with the structure. (11:55 a.m. HST)
- Civil defense reports the lava flow front remains active however has not advanced since Thursday. Breakouts are limited to the margins of the flow. The lava is currently stalled, 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road.
This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front remains active however has not advanced since Thursday. All activity along the front has been limited to breakouts along the margins or sides of the flow as well as on the flow surface. The front remains approximately 480 feet from the Pahoa Village Road. Additional breakouts upslope of the flow front are being monitored and those breakouts currently do not present with an immediate threat to area residents.
Smoke conditions were light to moderate with moderate trade winds from the northeast pushing the smoke in a south southwest direction. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.
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. 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. 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.
We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding and your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated. Hawaii County Civil Defense on Nov. 3 at 8:15 a.m. HST