(ABOVE PHOTO) The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports “viscous pāhoehoe” is oozing from the margin of the June 27th lava flow about 405 yards above Apaʻa St, as seen in this image. The geologists say this area was the most active as observed during field work on Tuesday.
- The flow front remains active however has not advanced since Thursday.
- Additional breakouts upslope of the flow front (.7 to 1.5 mile above Apaʻa Street) are being monitored and those breakouts currently do not present with an immediate threat to area residents.
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. The upslope breakouts are located approximately .7 to 1.5 mile above the ʻApaʻa Street area and along the north side of the flow and moving in a nor/northeast direction.
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 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. 4 at 5:15 p.m. HST
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground observations of the June 27th lava flow throughout the day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The leading edge of the flow has not advanced since last Thursday, October 30, but the flow continued to inflate, and minor breakouts were scattered across the flow interior behind the flow front. The most significant (although still minor) breakouts were occurring about 370 meters (405 yards) above Apaʻa Street on Tuesday afternoon.
A brief helicopter overflight on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that little surface lava is present on the June 27th flow field. The outbreaks on the north and south margins of the flow near Kaohe Homesteads have also subsided relative to a few days ago.
There was no net summit deformation throughout Tuesday. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Nov. 4 at 5:12 p.m. HST