Hawaii volcano generates fast-moving lava, which will cause new evacuations, shuts main road



Fast-moving lava catches residents off-guard in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano continues to carve a path of destruction, forcing a new round of evacuations; Jeff Paul reports, of Pahoa, Hawaii.

Hawaii Kilauea volcano generated in a fast moving lava flow that shut down a major road on Tuesday, leaving only one way out of the area and spurring a new round of evacuation orders.

Hawaii Civil Defense said that the Highway 132 is concluded between the Lava Tree State Park to the Four Corners, due to a “fast moving lava flow approaching the highway. The closure now means that there is only one way to get access to the lower Puna area of the island.

A separate lava flow of the crack 8 is also “fast” to an older lava flow in the direction of the Puna Geothermal Venture access to the road.

A map with road closures and the location of the lava flows from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

(Hawaii Civil Defense)

The lava flows on Tuesday came a day after Hawaii County officials went door-to-door on several streets in the Leilani Estates subdivision of notifications of residents to flee. Evacuation orders were issued Monday evening for anyone in the area to the east of Pomaikai Street to avoid being isolated by the flow.

A lava flow advances down Leilani Street in the near Nohea Street, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, USA, May 27, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

The fire brigade had to rescue a man whose driveway was covered by the fast-moving flow of lava and had to be led on foot with the help of a back road, Hawaii News Now reported.

Volcanic gases rising from Kilauea’s lava flow that crossed Pohoiki Road near Highway 132, near Pahoa, Hawaii, united states, May 28, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia)

“His only way of escape was through his back door and through the woods,” Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno said Hawaii News Now. “Kind of disturbing that some people simply refused to leave and so it kind of gives us a terrifying insight into what is going on.”


Magno said the incident showed why the residents in the area need to heed evacuation orders. The man reported no injuries, and skipped medical treatment, authorities told the news outlet.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Oahu reported that a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the Hilina region of Kilauea volcano, southwest of the estates, but was not strong enough to generate a tsunami.

Lava approaches Puna Geothermal Venture, bottom left, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, united states, May 28, 2018.

(REUTERS/Marco Garcia )

Lava has oozed all over the two sources at the Puna geothermal power plant, but officials of the province, said the flow stopped. Officials said that there was no release of hazardous hydrogen sulfide gas after the lava crept on the connected sources.

Friday, officials said that the lava has destroyed 82 structures, including 37 homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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