Hawaii Volcano Lava moves towards highway
As per local reports, lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is flowing towards a highway in the Puna district of the state.
The lava flowing through grass and trees could be seen in the aerial footage released by the County of Hawaii on Friday. As per Hawaii County Civil Defense officials, the lava does not pose any immediate risk to communities.
A state of emergency was announced by officials in November and at that time the lava was less than a mile away from a residential area. From Saturday to Sunday, the lava moved on an additional 300 yards and reached within 1.4 miles of the junction of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road.
Civil Defense personnel and scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory personnel are closely checking a narrow lobe that has divided the west edge of the flow field below the crack system and is following a path toward Pahoa Marketplace.
"Our goal is to see if we can do something in the next week. We'd like to keep everyone safe and make sure their experience here is one that is very meaningful. We're very cautious about throwing out a date", Darryl Oliveira, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator. The lava flow continued moving toward a business center in Pahoa on the Sunday.
As per Mayor Billy Kenoi's office, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter and two roads have also been closed. Temporary access to roads is being built by crews and they are making efforts to protect Highway 130.
The Kilauea volcano spewed from its Pu'u O'o vent since 1983 and as per Big Island Civil Defense, the last home destroyed by the lava was located in Kalapana in 2012.
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