More evacuations advised as Hawaii lava approaches

HONOLULU – Fast-moving lava, the transition to a different part of a rural Big Island district where Kilauea volcano erupting, officials said Wednesday in recommending the inhabitants to evacuate.

Lava continues to advance in the direction of subdivisions in the district of Puna. In Kapoho Beach Lots, Holiday and Waa Waa were advised to evacuate, the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency said.

“You run the risk of being isolated as a result of the potential lava-floods of the Beach Road in the vicinity of Four Corners,” the agency advised the public, with reference to the area where two highways intersect.

Lava crossed Highway 132, connects the commercial centre with smaller villages and farms in the area, authorities said Tuesday. Hawaii County officials said the lava destroyed the local power supply of the equipment on the highway, which knocked out power to Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots of areas in the direction of the coast.

Officials ordered about 2,000 residents of Leilani Estates and nearby areas to evacuate when cracks began opening the communities earlier this month.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said powerful eruption continues from the series of openings.

Lava from a crack made fountains Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning have reached more than 200 feet (61 meters). The fountains fed with a flow of lava, that is located downslope along Highway 132, the observatory said.

The stream moved north of the highway and was on its way to the area where the Highway 132 and Highway 137 intersect.

Observations from the air of the U. S. Geological Survey on Wednesday morning turned out lava from a crack with 0.65 miles (1.04 kilometers) of Highway 137 and went on about 100 yards (91.44 meters) per hour. Lava from an other gap is approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) above the junction, and was the progress in the breaks and peaks of about 600 yards (548.64 meters) per hour, scientists said.

Strands of volcanic glass known as Pele’s hair is named for the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, were accumulating on the land in Leilani Estates, and the wind can blow lighter particles farther away, scientists said.

Volcanic emissions of greenhouse gases remain high, of the fissure eruptions, scientists said. The Wind conditions for Wednesday were forecast to result in a large-scale vog — or volcanic smog on the Big Island.

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