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Kilauea lava continues to flow north

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    The lava's surface flow has advanced approximately 200 yards since Saturday.
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Kilauea Volcano’s lava flow continues to slowly move northward on Sunday, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense. 

As of 10 a.m., the flow was about .8 miles southwest or upslope of the Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve boundary, according to Civil Defense observations. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory estimates it is about .9 miles from the boundary. 

The direction of the surface flow shifted slightly on Saturday and it is now moving northward and parallel to the forest reserve boundary, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. It had been moving northeast.

The flow advanced approximately 200 yards since Saturday. Little vegetation is burning and there is no immediate wildfire threat or threat to homes. 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory elevated the eruption alert level to an eruption warning Thursday lava flow advanced to less than a mile from homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

No evacuations have been ordered. But volcano scientists estimate the lava could reach homes within a week, if it continues to move in underground cracks.

Access to Kaohe Homesteads subdivision remains limited to subdivision residents only. 

Hawaii County and the volcano observatory will be holding two more community meetings to update residents on the lava flow on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

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