The Eruption: Civil Defence Update, 9/17/14

From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

This is an Eruption and Lava Flow Information Update for Wednesday September 17th at 8:00 AM.

Daily over flights and assessments are continuing. This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow continues towards the northeast and has advanced approximately 350 yards since yesterday. The active edge of the surface flow is moving through the upper northwest corner of the Kaohe Homesteads and across vacant forested parcels. The leading edge or front of the flow is approximately 100 yards wide. Currently the flow does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary. There is no brush fire threat at this time and all burning is limited to the vegetation that is in direct contact with the flow. Smoke conditions were moderate to heavy this morning over the Kaohe area and may vary depending on wind conditions.

Construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road are continuing. These activities are to establish alternate road access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.

The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents only. Everyone’s cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.

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