Afternoon Lava Report, 10/31/14

The lava flow front is still stalled, though a number of breakouts are active upslope, including one about 40 yards fro a residential structure on the south side of the flow and another is about 25 yards from the fence of the transfer station on the north side. The couple residing in the residence has moved out.

At the summit, the lava lake continues to recede. According to Jeff Sutton of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, summit deflation can correlate with reduced activity at the end of the flow within a couple of days.

Despite efforts to protect power poles on Apa`a Street, lava still burned through the base of one pole.  HELCO crews managed to cut the pole loose from the line,  and the line remains suspended above the flow. Extra protection is being added to threatened  neighboring poles.









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