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PAHOA, Hawaii » The front of the so-called June 27 lava flow from Kilauea remained stalled Thursday morning, but a breakout along the south margin of the flow remains active and advanced about 20 yards since Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Surface breakouts and activity along both margins continue upslope of the front, the observatory said.

Kilauea continued to spew lava from its summit and within the east rift zone.

The stalled flow is about 589 yards from the Pahoa Marketplace.

However, Hawaii County Civil Defense reports the active lobe along the southern side of the flow — and 165 yards upslope — advanced about 20 yards from Wednesday to Thursday.

Meanwhile, Longs Drugs announced that prescriptions will be available for pickup starting Friday at the store in Pahoa.

The store closed Saturday due to the approaching lava flow.

According to a press release, prescriptions will be filled in Hilo and then delivered to the Pahoa store.

Pickup will be made available Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. along the right side of the Longs Drugs building.

The service will be in effect until either Hawaii County Civil Defense orders an evacuation of the area, or Longs Drugs secures a temporary location elsewhere in Pahoa.

Customers looking to fill their prescriptions can call the pharmacy in Hilo at 935-9075. Same-day delivery service from Hilo to Pahoa will be available for prescriptions called in by 12:30 p.m.

Customers will be able to pay for their prescriptions or their insurance co-pay over the phone by credit card, or can pay in cash during pickup.

Certain over-the-counter products will also be available for delivery.

Longs Drugs cannot deliver controlled substance medications or products containing pseudoephedrine.

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