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Front of lava halts its advance in vicinity of fire, police stations


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PAHOA, Hawaii » The tip of a lava flow upslope of the Pahoa fire and police stations has remained intermittently active this week while holding its slow-moving pace established about four weeks ago.

Lava moved 50 yards in a 24-hour period that wrapped up Monday, Hawaii County Civil Defense said. On Tuesday it had stopped advancing and appeared to be stalled 0.36 mile from Highway 130 and west of the Pahoa police and fire stations. 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 situated about 1 to 1.5 miles upslope were active Tuesday but did not advance significantly.

The original front of Kilauea Volcano’s June 27 lava flow and the south margin breakouts remain stalled, but hot spots were evident in HVO images.

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

Since lava oozed into the Pahoa area in October, it has overtaken a Buddhist cemetery and destroyed multiple structures including a home. The transfer station is expected to reopen in March.

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