A Hawaii County bulldozer will begin building a path today through lava rock covering a nearly 8-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road to create another alternate route for residents threatened by the June 27 lava flow.
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HONOLULU (AP) — Lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii’s Big Island has essentially stalled for now, officials said Monday, but that isn’t putting anyone at ease.
The National Park Service announced today that it will work with the state and county to construct an emergency route along the former Chain of Craters Road to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava covers Highway 130.
Lava from the June 27 flow continued to advance slowly Sunday as fire fighters worked to contain a brush fire nearby.
When Matthew Barrett moved into his home in Kaohe Homesteads in December, he had a plan.
Many lower Puna residents and home owners are faced with two difficult choices as they wait to see how far the June 27 lava flow will go — pack up and leave or stick it out and hope for the best.
The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaii County Civil Defense are working closely together to gather and share information about the June 27 lava flow through daily helicopter overflights. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira flies early each morning to measure the flow’s advancement and direction and to assess fire and smoke conditions. These observations are compiled in a report available to the public later the same morning at hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts.
Lava from the June 27 flow moved into lighter vegetation and ignited a brush fire Saturday afternoon, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said.
Jack Thompson remembers well the last time a wayward lava flow threatened a community on Hawaii Island.
Kalapana — it’s where the road ends and the land of Pele begins.
The Hawaii Property Insurance Association has placed a moratorium on new insurance policies in lower Puna as a result of the June 27 lava flow.
The June 27 lava flow, which recently sped up, is anticipated to reach Pahoa Village Road in less than two weeks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
A Civil Defense overflight Wednesday morning observed that the June 27 lava flow has picked up speed since the beginning of the week.
The June 27 lava flow kept to its northeastern path Tuesday as it skirted the edge of Kaohe Homesteads.
Hawaii County and state election workers are preparing for the possibility that voting could again be disrupted in lower Puna as a lava flow continues to advance toward populated areas.