HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii officials will make arrangements for those living in the path of a lava flow to watch the destruction of their homes.
That accommodation is being made to “provide for a means of closure”, Hawaii County Civil Defence Director Darryl Oliveira said yesterday. “You can only imagine the frustration as well as ... despair they’re going through.”
Dozens of residents have been told they might have to evacuate as lava from Kilauea heads toward their homes.
The lava was about 100 yards from a home yesterday morning, officials said.
After weeks of fitful advancement, the lava crossed Apaa Street on Sunday in Pahoa Village, considered a main town of the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna district. It was getting dangerously close to Pahoa Village Road, which goes straight through downtown.
Scientists began warning the public about the lava on August 22. At the time, residents were cleaning up from a tropical storm that made landfall over the Puna district, toppling trees and knocking out electricity.
The lava has advanced and slowed as residents waited and watched.
Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active, has been erupting continuously since 1983.