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.
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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.
The lava flow approaching Pahoa advanced about 300 yards into the northwest section of Kaohe Homesteads on Monday.
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.