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    This close-up image shows a slow-moving breakout north of the Pahoa Buddhist cemetery Sunday.

PAHOA, Hawaii » Scientists and civil defense officials were monitoring lava breakouts behind the stalled flow front in Pahoa, including a new breakout Sunday afternoon that was midway in the 13-mile lava flow, near a system of underground cracks bringing lava downslope.

There was "very little activity" Monday along the lava flows breaking out from the main flow from Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii County Civil Defense reported after a morning overflight.

The front of the flow has not advanced since Oct. 30 and is about 170 yards from Pahoa Village Road.

Geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory went out to the breakout flows Sunday and reported that the closest active flow to Pahoa Village Road is about 0.4 mile upslope near the Pahoa Buddhist Cemetery. Another small breakout was burning grass in a pasture south of the cemetery.

Lava near the Pahoa Transfer Station remains stalled just inside the fence of the station. But a portion of lava moved east, back toward the main flow.

Another breakout about a mile northeast of the Puu Oo vent, near the forested Kahaualea cone, was active.

Scientists and civil defense officials also reported a new surface flow, near the underground crack system, that started Sunday afternoon and remained active Monday, about 6 miles upslope of Apaa Street.

Smoke conditions Monday were light. Tradewinds were blowing smoke from burning vegetation to the south-southeast.

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