Close to the tourism hotspot in the US Island State of Hawaii, tourists and more so locals are concerned about the development of Lava flow from the latest Kilauea volcano eruption.
Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is threatening a main highway on the Big Island of Hawaii. With the flow threatening to isolate about 8,500 people—many of whom rely on the highway to reach their jobs. Everyone wants to know when the lava will halt its advance.
Lava from Kilauea usually flows south, toward the ocean, so it was startling when on June 27 a newly opened fissure started sending lava in the opposite direction, toward the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.
Activity Summary: Kīlauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. Slight deflation occurred over the past day, with minor fluctuations in lava level. At the middle East Rift Zone, the front of the June 27th flow is advancing through forest in Kaohe Homesteads, and surface breakouts are also present closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
A Civil Defense overflight this morning showed continued slow advancement of the flow front in a northeast direction, with continued burning of vegetation.
Small breakouts also remain active closer to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, but are also producing smoke plumes as they creep into the adjacent forest.