(BIVN) – There is no active lava to be seen anywhere on Hawaiʻi Island, at the moment, but that’s not stopping county officials from going forward with a plan to create a lava viewing area in the vicinity of the lower East Rift Zone eruption in Puna.
On Tuesday, Hawaiʻi County Research & Development Director Diane Ley and Mayor Kim’s executive assistant Barett Otani gave a presentation to the Hawaiʻi County Council Governmental Relations and Economic Development Committee, detailing the RFP, or request for proposal, to establish a lava viewing site and/or program in the area affected by the 2018 lava event.
The viewing area would be at the “Y” intersection of Pohoiki Road and Highway 132. Visitors would be bused in and out.
The plan would incorporate the vision of a cultural center at the site of The Hub, where the grassroots effort to assist those impacted by the eruption took place on the property of Gilbert Aguinaldo. The plan also targets the empty Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant lot in Pāhoa for vehicle parking.
The area of the eruption in Leilani Estates is presently quiet. There is no significant incandescence visible overnight within the fissure 8 cone, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports.
Recent video recorded over the fissure by Hawaii Aerial Visions shows minor fuming from the cone is still visible during the day.
USGS says webcam images of the fissure 8 cone show that a portion of the crater wall near the northern spillway area has slowly shifted during the past 2 weeks, indicating some instability of the cone in this area.