Fast-moving lava flow heading toward Waa Waa

  • Crews make visual observations of activity at Fissure 8 around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Fountain heights continue to reach 230 to 260 feet above ground level. The fountaining feeds a lava flow that is moving to the northeast along Highway 132 into the area of Noni Farms Road. (USGS/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HILO — According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, the Fire Department reports this morning a fast-moving lava flow from fissure No. 8 in the vicinity of Noni Farms Road is moving toward the Waa Waa area.

Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim, said that lava from fissure 8 was 2.1 miles from Four Corners, the intersection of Highways 132, 137 and Government Beach Road, moving at 230 feet per hour.

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Lava from fissure No. 18, which is slower moving, has advanced 1/10 of a mile in the past 24 hours, placing it a half-mile from Four Corners.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to move through Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and towards the Kapoho area.

Residents of Government Beach Road, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland area at risk for isolation or lava inundation should a flow reach that area and are advised to evacuate due to the possibility.

Due to the volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

• Evacuation area residents including Leilani Estates, Government Beach Road, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland with approved credentials are allowed to enter from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This curfew is strictly enforced for your safety.

• Placards to reenter these areas are available at the Disaster Information Center at the Pahoa Community Center Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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• Highway 132 is closed.

• Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.

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