Kilauea Lava Flow Approaches Pahoa Town, Lower Puna Homeowners Grapple with New Realities

October 29, 2014||Big Island: Weather and Nature


Early on Tuesday morning, October 28, slow moving pahoehoe lava from the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano caused a structure fire that burned a farm shed on a private residential property near Pahoa town. As of approximately 12:45pm HST today, Hawaii County Civil Defense reports that the flow is approximately 100 yards from the nearest home and that there approximately 40-50 homes in the immediate path of the flow: //...

September 18, 2014||Big Island: Weather and Nature


Latest USGS Assessment Shows Speed of Kilauea Lava Flow Increasing as Work Continues on Evacuation Routes 

Puna Residents on Alert as Lava Flow Moves through Kahoe Homesteads toward Pahoa The latest projection map from USGS (U.S Geological Survey) shows the progression of lava through vacant, forested land in the Kahoe Homesteads subdivision in Puna. According to USGS, the flow, if it continues at its current rate, could reach Pahoa on or around October 1. From USGS: "At the average rate of advancement of 290 m/day (960 ft/day) since September 15, we project that lava could flow from its current location to Apa`a Road in 9 days and to the Pāhoa Village Road (government road) in Pāhoa within 13 days. These estimates will be updated after our next overflight scheduled for Friday." Two local websites, Big Island Video News and Hawaii 24/7, are providing frequent updates about the progression of the flow as well as the work being done to clear alternate evacuation routes for lower Puna residents. These sites are also posting live video coverage... Read More 

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