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Lava remains stalled above Pahoa police, fire stations

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    A geologist uses a GPS device to measure the leading edge of the June 27th flow
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Lava remained stalled about a third of a mile upslope of Highway 130 and the Pahoa fire and police stations Wednesday, Hawaii County Civil Defense said after a morning overflight.

The leading tip of the flow continues to widen, but has not advanced in two days, when it moved about 50 yards between Sunday and Monday mornings.

Scientists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that small breakouts were noted at the tip of that flow and in areas up to about 550 yards upslope.

Other breakouts about 1 to 1.5 miles upslope were active Tuesday but did not advance significantly.

The former lava flow front and the south margin breakouts remain stalled above the Pahoa Marketplace. 

The lava flow public viewing area at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station are closed Wednesday and Sunday as work begins to reopen the facility, which was closed when the molten rock reached the facility’s fence.

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