LIVE BLOG: Updates from USGS, Civil Defense on Puna lava threat

(Friday, January 23, 2015 9:03 a.m.) The distal reaches of the June 27th lava flow remain active, but the leading tip of the flow remains roughly 585 m, or roughly 600 m (0.4 mi), from Highway 130 without showing significant advance over the past few days. Scattered breakouts near and upslope of the leading tip, with a small active toe at the front and other breakouts extending from 85 m to ~3 km upslope. The north-northeast advancing lobe is also stalled for now, but this lobe is also producing scattered breakouts resulting in minor lateral expansion or widening of the flow margins. From yesterday's HVO overflight, active breakouts were also noted in the area of the ground cracks and areas upslope. (Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:24 a.m.) According to this morning's report from Hawai`i County Civil Defense, the breakout from the June 27th lava flow that is furthest downslope was active, but had not advanced since yesterday. The tip was still about 650 m (0.4 mi) from the highway, in the vicinity of the fire and police stations. Civil Defense also reports numerous breakouts along both margins of the flow. HVO observations note that in places, the flow tip could be estimated at ~600 m from Highway 130.The northern flow lobe that broke out from the main flow about 2.4 km (1.5 mi) upslope of the tip and advanced about 180 m (195 yd) from January 13 to January 19, continues to produce breakouts along the flow margins and within the flow field, but is not advancing.

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