(ABOVE VIDEO) Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira details the latest position of the lava flow inside Kaohe Homesteads. (uploading)
Video by David Corrigan
PUNA, Hawaii – Lava has entered the northern corner Kaohe Homesteads subdivision and is currently burning through vacant lands.
Over the last few days, the front of the June 27 lava flow moved over the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve and onto a parcel owned by the state, according to Civil Defense, which means the flow front is still on state lands. It is heading towards additional vacant parcels in Kaohe.
We interviewed Civil Defense head Darryl Oliveira to get the latest on the lava flow, from the new Incident Command Center installed at the Pahoa Community Center. An adjacent building contained an area for the public to ask questions and interface with county officials. That’s where we found this September 15 map tracking the flow.
The USGS would later confirm the position of the lava with an update of their own.
Between September 12 and 15, the June 27th flow widened and advanced north-northeastward at an average rate of 215 m/day (705 ft/day). By the afternoon of September 15, the flow had advanced approximately 15.5 km (9.6 mi) straight-line distance from the vent and 280 m (920 ft) inside the vacant, forested northwest portion of Kaohe Homesteads. At the average rate of advancement of 215 m/day (705 ft/day) since September 12, we project that lava could flow from its current location to Apa`a Rd in 15 days and to the Pāhoa Village Road (government road) in Pāhoa within 20 days. These estimates will be continually refined as we track this lava flow. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS HVO also posted these maps on Monday evening: