(ABOVE VIDEO) This afternoon’s Hawaii County Civil Defense Message with video of the lava-incinerated home in Pahoa on the ground courtesy the County of Hawaii, and from above courtesy Mick Kalber aboard Paradise Helicopters.
- The leading edge of the June 27 lava flow has not advanced since October 30, however breakouts were active upslope. At 11:55 a.m. HST, an unoccupied home on private property across the street from the transfer station on Apa’a Street was set on fire by advancing lava.
- The next community meeting on the lava flow will be held on Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pāhoa High School Cafeteria.
The current assessment shows that the flow front remains stalled with very little activity and has not advanced. The upslope breakout in the area of Apa’a Street near the cemetery entered a private property yesterday morning and the residential structure or house was ignited by the advancing flow at approximately 11:55 this morning.
Currently, three active breakouts are being monitored in the areas of the cemetery below Apaʻa Street, in the area west or above the transfer station, and upslope approximately .4 miles from Apaʻa Street. All three breakouts are active and advancing in a northeast direction. These breakouts do not pose an immediate threat to area residents and will be monitored.
Smoke conditions are currently moderate to heavy with light trade winds blowing the smoke in a south southwest direction towards the Leilani and lower Puna areas. 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.Hawaii County Civil Defense on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. HST
Scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted helicopter observations of the June 27th lava flow on Monday, November 10, 2014. The leading edge of the flow has not advanced since October 30. The closest active lava to Pāhoa Village Road is located about 450 meters (500 yards) upslope of the road on the north margin of the flow field, below the Pāhoa cemetery.
A number of breakouts were active around Apaʻa St. / Cemetery Road. Active lava has moved to within about 20 meters (22 yards) of the transfer station fence and also continued to expand through private property across the street from the station. At 11:55 AM, HST, an unoccupied home on that lot was set on fire by advancing lava.
In the 2.5 km (1.5 mi) upslope of Apaʻa St. / Cemetery Road, minor expansion of the flow field has occurred over the weekend. The most significant activity on the entire flow field was a narrow finger of lava that has advanced downslope from the wide portion of the flow just above the narrow gulley through which lava advanced toward Pāhoa more than two weeks ago. That finger was about 700 meters (765 yards) above the transfer station as of late Monday morning.
Summit tilt was steady for most of Monday morning, but a period of inflation began at about 2 PM, with a commensurate rise in lava level within the summit eruptive vent.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Nov. 10 at 5:53 p.m. HST