(ABOVE VIDEO) This afernoon’s Civil Defense message with video courtesy Mick Kalber aboard Paradise Helicopters.
- The flow front continues to remain stalled and there has been no advancement since 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
- New video from Mick Kalber shows an active lava flow with numerous breakouts upslope. However, civil defense says the breakouts are not advancing.
This afternoon’s assessment shows that the flow front continues to remain stalled and there has been no advancement since 4:30 p.m. Monday 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 12:00noon this past Saturday December 20th. This is to allow for motorists to become familiar with the road and traffic flow. Motorists are advised to remain on the designated route and comply with the posted speed limit. 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. 24 at 6:30 p.m. HST