The lava flow approaching Pahoa advanced about 300 yards into the northwest section of Kaohe Homesteads on Monday.
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The Puna Community Medical Center, potentially threatened by a lava flow approaching Pahoa, was told Monday it will be able to keep its insurance following news reports that its policy was being dropped in November.
The lava flow threatening Pahoa and surrounding areas shifted to a more northerly direction this weekend, and showed signs of having slowed between Friday and Sunday.
In an Aug. 22 news release, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory stated that a new lava flow, dubbed the June 27 flow for the date it began, was rapidly advancing toward residential areas near Pahoa in the Puna District of Hawaii Island. By that time, the flow had entered a pre-existing ground crack, which channeled the flow to the east. The crack eventually filled and lava emerged from its lower end, only to spill into an adjacent crack. This process was repeated several times during the following days, with some ground cracks capturing and directing the flow, while others were filled as lava advanced across them. The average advance rate for the flow during this period was about 820 feet per day.
Hundreds packed the Pahoa High and Intermediate School cafeteria for a lava information fair Saturday, an event more services-driven than the regular information updates from county Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
East Hawaii real estate offices are reporting a rush of lower Puna residents looking to rent homes closer to Hilo in anticipation of the approaching lava flow.
PAHOA — It was lunchtime, and the village streets buzzed with its regular daily activity.
Crews started building two alternate routes Thursday as a lava flow continued its advance toward Pahoa and Highway 130.
School officials are weighing options for keeping classes going, should lava encroach on roadways and populated areas in lower Puna.
Pahoa merchants were assured Wednesday that efforts will be made to maintain some sense of normalcy should the June 27 lava flow cover Highway 130.
County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said Tuesday night officials are “looking at multiple other ways to create connectivity” in the event lava from the June 27 flow crosses Highway 130 and isolates lower Puna.
Fresh from restoring power to thousands of lower Puna residents after Tropical Storm Iselle, Hawaii Electric Light Co. is prepping for the possibility of outages wrought by lava from Kilauea volcano.
Volcanoes are prominent in the news lately with eruptions near Barbardunga volcano in Iceland and Tavurvur volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, as well as Kilauea volcano’s continuing eruption on Hawaii Island. But to prevent any possible confusion, the volcanic activity in Iceland and Papua New Guinea is not affecting the eruption in Hawaii.
As the June 27 lava flow advances toward populated areas in lower Puna, one question continues to pop up during community discussions: Is there anything we can do to stop or redirect nature’s fury?