(BIVN) – Residents in the Cinder Road area are advised to be prepared for voluntary evacuation if necessary, Hawaii County Civil Defense said at 4 p.m. Monday, as lava from the Fissure 8 channel continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection.
There is no immediate threat at this time, officials say. However, the Kapoho Beach Lots and Four Corners area remain closed to any access. “Be aware that spill overs of the channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field,” civil defense repeated, adding “do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.”
Reports say the official number of homes destroyed by the eruption has reached 700.
Today during an 11 a.m. media conference call, scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the National Weather Service talked mostly about the affect the lower East Rift Zone eruption is having on the local weather, as well as the approach of lava on the southern end of the flow margin.
The south-side lava is just north of the Ahalanui Park Beach Park, home of the Puna’s popular warm ponds. The flow margin is estimated to be about 500 m, or 0.3 miles, from the park. Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School is also nearby.
A rain gauge in Leilani Estates recorded 9 inches of rain in a 24 hour period recently. The downpour was enhanced by the eruption.
The National Weather Service forecasts showery light trade wind conditions through tonight. Some areas will experience elevated SO2 levels, officials say. “You are reminded to take actions by sheltering in place or leaving affected areas,” Hawaii County Civil Defense says.