(ABOVE PHOTO) Still image from video shot by the County of Hawaii yesterday (Dec. 28) showing lava crossing the fire break upslope of the Pahoa Marketplace.
- The lava flow is still active but sluggish. It advanced 20 yards since yesterday afternoon. The lava is 680 yards from the Pahoa Market Place complex. It is 1050 yards from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road.
Today’s civil defense message:
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Here is last night’s update, with footage from Hawaii County (Dec. 28) and an audio message from civil defense recorded on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 28)
This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front remains active however very sluggish and has advanced approximately 20 yards since yesterday afternoon. The front or leading edge remains .6 miles upslope of the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection and approximately 680 yards from the Pahoa Market Place complex. The surface breakouts and activity along both margins continues upslope of the front however 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.
Smoke and combined VOG conditions were light to moderate this morning with light variable winds causing the smoke and VOG to settle across the entire eastern areas from Puna through Hilo. Smoke and VOG conditions may increase in some areas and individuals that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.
The Railroad Avenue alternate access road remains opened 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. 29 at 7:30 a.m. HST
Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and within its East Rift Zone. According to Civil Defense the front of the lava flow closest to Pāhoa advanced 18 m (20 yards) since yesterday afternoon. The flow continues to have surface breakouts behind the flow front as of this morning according to HVO webcams and Civil Defense.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Civil Defense reported this morning that the leading tip of the active flow advanced 18 m (20 yards) since yesterday afternoon. The flow front is now 622 m (0.4 miles or 680 yards) from the Pāhoa Marketplace and remains 960 m (0.6 miles or 1050 yards) from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road. The flow remains active behind the front in several areas.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: No significant change in ground tilt has been observed in the past 24 hours and tilt remains flat. All other monitoring data indicate no significant changes at Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The most recent measurement of sulfur dioxide emissions from the East Rift Zone was about 250 tonnes per day on December 19, 2014.
Summit Observations: Tilt in Kīlauea’s summit has been flat since yesterday morning. The summit lava lake has shown the usual fluctuations associated with changes in spattering behavior, which are also manifested as variations in tremor amplitudes and gas release. Small amounts of particulate material were carried aloft by the plume. The average emission rate of sulfur dioxide ranged between 5,500 and 7,700 tonnes/day for the week ending on December 23.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Dec. 29 at 8:05 a.m. HST
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The sluggish lava flow has advanced another 20 yards downslope since yesterday.