The lava flow has officially met civilization. According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, it crossed Apa`a St. shortly before 4 a.m., and continues to advance toward the northeast, approaching the cemetery, at the rate of about ten yards per hour.
“Civil Defense and Public Safety personnel will be conducting door to door notifications of residents in the down slope areas of Pahoa Village to insure residents are aware of current activities. Based on the current flow location, direction and advancement, residents in the flow path will be placed on an evacuation notice,” according to Civil Defense’s morning report. “The evacuation notice means residents in the flow path areas should prepare for possible evacuation in the next three to five days. Those area residents will be kept informed of the flow movement and are asked to complete all necessary preparations for a possible evacuation by Tuesday October 28th.
The Chronicle will continue to provide updates as events develop.