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Lava activity shifts upslope of stalled front

  • CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Lava crossed a fire road above the Pahoa Marketplace before stalling last week.
  • USGS / HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
    This thermal image taken Dec. 30 shows small breakouts behind the leading tip of the flow and farther upslope, indicated by the white and yellowish pixels.
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Activity along the lava flow heading toward the Pahoa Marketplace may have shifted from the stalled front and south margins to two breakouts on the north margin of the flow, about 1 to 1.5 miles upslope.

An overflight of the flow Monday morning showed the front of the flow and lava activity along the south margins remained stalled about 880 yards from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road and about 580 yards upslope of the marketplace. The front of the flow hasn’t advanced since last week Wednesday.

But upslope activity along the north side of the flow shows signs of increased activity and advancement, Civil Defense officials said after Monday’s overflight. The lava, more than a mile upslope of the stalled front, will be monitored closely, officials said.

At this time, the lava does not pose a threat to area communities, according to a Hawaii County Civil Defense statement.

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