According to County Civil Defense’s 6:15 release, lava was 370 yards from Pahoa Village Road. Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s report, issued a few minutes before, pegged the flow’s position as of 5:30 p.m. at 340 yards from Old Government Road and 985 yards from Highway 130. Civil Defense said the flow was averaging 10-15 yards per hour; HVO simply said the rate of advancement was “variable” but had reached speeds of up to 71 yards per hour. The flow front is currently moving in a northeast direction and has entered a private residential property, burning not just brush, but items such as old tires. Caution is advised for those with respiratory problems.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for those who need to evacuate, including those who need to leave because of respiratory problems, at the Church of a Sure Foundation at 16-1592 Pohaku Circle, off of Highway 130 between Keaau-Pahoa Road and Pohaku Place. The shelter is open 24/7. Cots are available, but bring your own pillows and additional blankets if needed. Pets in carriers are allowed. For more information, call 808-853-8221.
Above: With permission from the property owners, HVO supplied this photograph of lava pushing its way through a corrugated iron fence to enter private property near Pahoa.