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Lava advances slightly in Puna

  • HAWAII COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE
    This photo taken Thursday shows sluggish activity along the flow front and edges.
  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
    A thermal image taken Wednesday shows the distribution of active breakouts (yellow and white colors) clearly.
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A breakout flow that is now the leading edge of the lava moving toward Pahoa advanced about 100 yards since Thursday, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported after an overflight Friday morning.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, using webcamera observations, estimates the front of the new flow now extends about 100 feet past the stalled flow front.

A narrow finger of the flow is moving along a tree line and the burning activity is producing a significant amount of smoke, but there is no brush fire danger, Civil Defense said.

Surface flows remained active upslope of the flow front, with continued scattered breakouts in the area that lava first entered the crack system about 5 miles behind the stalled front. 

The lava is about 1.4 miles upslope from Apaa Street on the outskirt of Pahoa and there is no immediate threat to homes.

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