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Another view of the flow front in the northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads. The leading portion of the flow front narrowed over the past two days and was roughly 150 m (500 ft) wide. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: HVO and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense jointly track the June 27th lava flow

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense (HCCD) are working closely together to gather and share information about the June 27th lava flow through daily helicopter overflights.

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A closer look at the lava lake at Kīlauea's summit. The lake was roughly 53 m (170 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater the morning of September 17, 2014. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 18, 2014

The summit lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater produced nighttime glow that was visible via HVO’s webcam over the past week.

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Webcam image taken at 8:41 a.m. Friday (Sep 19) of Kilauea's June 27th Flow and the Lower East Rift Zone. The camera is positioned near Kapoho looking Northwest. From left to right on the horizon, one can see Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent near the left edge of the image, the gas plume from Halemaʻumaʻu crater (when clear enough), with Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea farther to the right. The advancing front of the June 27th lava flow is burning vegetation and sending smoke aloft in the left center of the image. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

LavaTalk: September 19, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a Northeast direction. The flow has advanced about 180 yards since yesterday. The flow has exited the Northwest corner of the Kaohe Homesteads boundry. The front of the flow is about 100 yards wide.

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LavaTalk: September 18, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a Northeast direction. The flow has advanced about 400 yards since yesterday. The leading edge of th flow is 50 yards wide. The flow is projected to probably cut through Pahoa town should it continue.

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LavaTalk: September 17, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a Northeast direction. The flow has advanced about 350 yards since yesterday. Aerial video overflight of the flow and alternate roads under construction.

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The Kilauea June 27th Lava Flow above the town of Pahoa. Photograph taken Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Air transportation via Paradise Helicopters. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

LavaTalk: September 16, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a Northeast direction. The flow has advanced about 270 yards since yesterday, the front of the flow is about 100 yards wide. The flow has entered the Kaohe Homesteads boundry and moving through a vacant parcel.

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HVO geologists conduct a VLF (very-low frequency) survey to measure the rate of lava flowing through the lava tube on the June 27th lava flow. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

LavaTalk: September 15, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a North direction. The flow has advanced about 250 yards since yesterday. The flow is 0.1 miles of the Kaohe Homesteads boundry. Railroad Avenue and Beach Road are being prepared for use should the lava flow across Hwy 130.

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Crews are using heavy equipment to improve Railroad Avenue near Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision Saturday (Sept 13) as they prepare an alternate route for Puna traffic in the event of Highway 130 being breeched by a lava flow. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

LavaTalk: September 14, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues in a North direction. The flow has advanced about 150 yards since Saturday (Sept 13). The flow is 0.2 mile of the Kaohe Homesteads boundry. Railroad Avenue and Beach Road are being prepared for use should the lava flow cross Hwy 130.

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As of Friday afternoon, September 12, 2014, the most distal front of the June 27th lava flow had reached a straight-line distance of 14.9 km (9.3 miles) from the source vent on the northeast flank of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone. The flow has continued in the northeast direction that it assumed in the middle of the week and is now only 171 meters (0.1 miles) from the boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads community. The flow is still within thick forest, so that dense plumes of smoke are created as vegetation is consumed. Small breakouts (visible as plumes in the middle distance) are also active closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

LavaTalk: September 13, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

The current assessment shows the surface lava flow continues towards the northeast and has advanced approximately 150 yards since yesterday. There is a lava flow information fair today at Pahoa High School Cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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At the average rate of advancement of 820 feet/day since September 10, the USGS/HVO projects that lava could flow from its current location into the Northwest part of Kaohe Homesteads within a day, and to the Pāhoa Village Road (government road) in Pāhoa within 20 days

LavaTalk: September 12, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

At the average rate of advancement of 820 feet/day since September 10, the USGS/HVO projects that lava could flow from its current location into the Northwest part of Kaohe Homesteads within a day, and to the Pāhoa Village Road (government road) in Pāhoa within 20 days

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for September 11, 2014

The summit lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater produced nighttime glow that was visible via HVO’s webcam over the past week. The lava lake level ranged from 180‒215 ft below the rim of the Overlook crater.

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View from above the end of the June 27th lava flow, looking along its northeast trend through the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve. On the afternoon of September 10, 2014, the flow front was 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the boundary between the Forest Reserve and Kaohe Homesteads, visible at far right. Photo courtesy of USGS/HVO

Volcano Watch: The June 27th flow advances toward Pāhoa

The flow narrowness and rapid development of a robust tube system within subsurface cracks make the June 27th lava flow unique among the hundreds of lava flows that Puʻu ʻŌʻō has erupted.

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