(ABOVE PHOTO) Image from this morning’s overflight (6:30 a.m.) courtesy Hawaii County Civil Defense
- An afternoon overflight conducted by Hawaii County Civil Defense shows the flow front remains stalled .6 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection, and there has been no advancement since 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon.
- Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a Tuesday conference call that the flow is still active, as evidenced by continued breakouts and inflation.
- Emergency officials will continue to monitor the flow. “If the lava doesn’t stop I don’t stop,” said Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira today during a conference call. Oliveira will continue the overflights on Christmas and Christmas Eve.
This evening’s civil defense audio update:
This afternoon’s assessment shows that the flow front continues to remain stalled and there has been no advancement since 4:30p.m. yesterday afternoon. The front or leading edge remains approximately .6 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Some surface breakouts and activity along both margins was noted upslope of the front however not advancing and current activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel are maintaining close observations of the flow. Residents and businesses down slope will be kept informed of any changes in flow activity, advancement, and status. As the flow activity continues to show signs of advancement, businesses in the Pahoa Market Place are taking necessary steps to prepare for a possible evacuation. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for increased traffic and large vehicles in the area.
The Railroad Avenue alternate access road has been opened for use from 12:00 noon this past Saturday December 20th. This is to allow for motorists to become familiar with the road and traffic flow. Highway 130 remains open and there is no anticipated road closure at this time.
On behalf of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and our partners we would like to thank everyone for your assistance and cooperation. Hawaii County Civil Defense on Dec. 23 at 5:45 p.m. HST