HONOLULU – Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island, where Kilauea volcano continues to send large amounts of lava across the country, are bracing for the possibility that the frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway.
Emergency officials dealing with the months-long eruption are turning their focus to the aptly named village of Volcano, where dozens of small earthquakes shaking the ground, each hour, as Kilauea is undergoing significant changes. The summit caldera is also collapse, causing larger temblors almost daily.
Officials are worried about the cracks and holes in the Highway 11, a lifeline connecting a rural district, with Hilo, the island’s biggest city, which makes it possible for a 45-minute commute. The alternative, driving through the state is the largest island, can take up to three hours.
Residents will attend a meeting Thursday to discuss possible evacuation plans in the midst of ongoing seismic activity.