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Lava advances 130 yards upslope of stalled front

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PAHOA, Hawaii>>Breakouts upslope of the stalled lava flow front advanced 130 yards since Thursday morning, Hawaii County Civil Defense said.

A two-fingered narrow flow lobe of lava about 1.6 miles upslope of the Pahoa Marketplace moved 180 yards during the past two days in a north, northeast direction, volcano scientists report.

The lobe has entered a drainage that leads towards Highway 130 in an area south of the Maku’u Farmer’s Market. However, lava is still 2.2 miles from that point and moving along slowly.

Meanwhile, the front or “tip” of the flow remains stalled about 880 yards from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road. The front hasn’t moved in a week.

Lava was also active .5 to 2 miles upslope of the marketplace and near the True/Mid-Pacific geothermal well pad.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said smoke conditions were light to moderate Friday with a light trade wind blowing the smoke in a southwest direction.  Anyone sensitive to smoke or has respiratory problems should take necessary precautions and are advised to stay indoors.

The Railroad Avenue Alternate Access Road has been closed to traffic since Wednesday. County officials closed the road to perform road maintenance and to preserve the road. The road will reopen to the public if lava becomes a threat to the main highway again.

Officials changed the hours of operation at the public lava viewing area at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer station on Friday. The new hours of operation are now from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 

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