(ABOVE VIDEO) Today’s morning press conference with Civil Defense head Darryl Oliveira, cut with video from the air (Ena Media Hawaii & Blue Hawaiian Helicopters) and on the ground (County of Hawaii)
- The leading edge of the flow has not advanced since Thursday, however a small finger of lava is advancing downslope along the north edge of the private property that the flow entered last week. The active lobe is 175 yards behind the stalled front and has been moving parallel to the main (now largely inactive) flow front at a rate of 11 yards per hour since Monday morning.
- President Barack Obama today signed a Public Assistance Disaster Declaration for the lava flow.
- Tuesday is Election Day. Hawaii’s Chief Election Officer Scott Nago says all polls will be open on the Big Island. The state says voters assigned to Pahoa Community Center (04-03) will still have the option to vote at Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center (04-01). “Department of Education facilities that were closed due to the lava flow will still serve as polling places on Election Day,” read a state elections media release. “These schools include Keonepoko Elementary School and Pahoa High & Intermediate School.” Polls are open at 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 6:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
This afternoon’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.
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.
Elections will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th from 7AM to 6PM. Polling locations for residents in District 4 include: Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, Keonepoko Elementary School Cafeteria, Pahoa Community Center and Pahoa High School Cafeteria.
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.
Thank you for listening and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow throughout the day on Monday, November 3, 2014. The leading edge of the flow has not advanced since Thursday, but active breakouts of lava were present just upslope of the stalled front.
As of 5 PM, HST, the most significant activity was a small finger of lava advancing downslope along the north edge of the private property that the flow entered last week. This lobe was about 160 meters (175 yards) behind the stalled front and was moving parallel to the main (now largely inactive) flow lobe at a rate of 10 meters (11 yards ) per hour since Monday morning. Other areas of persistent breakouts over the past few days were relatively quiet. Minor expansion of the flow field has occurred in the pasture below the Pāhoa cemetery, and there was very little activity in the vicinity of the transfer station.
The summit experienced slight inflation throughout Monday, consistent with the late stages of the most recent DI event. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Nov. 3 at 5:32 p.m. HST