(BIVN) – Lava is burning its way downslope toward the ocean tonight, into Kapoho Beach Lots.
Earlier today, lava crossed Government Beach Road and Highway 137, and inundated the Four Corners intersection.
“There is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137,” Hawaii County Civil Defense says. “Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.”
Video recorded by Senator Kai Kahele from a helicopter flight over the Kapoho area shows lava slowly making its way towards Kapoho Point and Champagne Ponds, destroying multiple structures in its path.
From the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at 7:39 p.m. HST:
Fountaining at Fissure 8 continued unabated during the day, feeding a channelized lava flow to the northeast along Highway 132 that has crossed Highway 137 at the intersection of the two highways at 9:30 AM this morning. The flow continued advancing into Kapoho Crater and Kapoho Beach Lots. At 10 AM, lava entered Green Lake within Kapoho Crater producing a large steam plume. By 1:30 PM the steam plume had ceased and by 3 pm, a Hawaii County Fire Department overflight reported that lava had filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water. Other branches of the Fissure 8 lava flow were inactive.
Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly, civil defense says.