(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira, and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-charge Jim Kauahikaua update residents on the lava flow.
Video by David Corrigan
PAHOA, Hawaii – Thursday night’s community meeting concerning the June 27 lava flow was the greatest yet attended. Hundreds packed into the Pahoa High School cafeteria just a few hours after scientists raised the Volcano Alert Level from Watch to Warning.
Earlier in the day, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed an emergency proclamation, declaring a state of emergency. Civil Defense reported today that the surface flow had advanced approximately 100 yards since Wednesday. “There continues to be some evidence of subsurface flow activity,” stated Civil Defense in a mid-day message, “with noted by steam plumes being emitted from the crack system. The surface flow is moving very slowly and does not pose an immediate threat to area residents. The surface flow is located approximately .8 miles southwest or upslope of the Wao Kele Puna Forest Reserve boundary and moving in an east/northeast direction.”
Once again, residents lined up to ask questions of officials, mostly to do with evacuation routes should Highway 130 get cut off sometime in the future.
Officials promised to hold more community meetings in the weeks ahead.