(BIVN) – Many residents of lower Puna are packing up and leaving their homes.
As lava fissures continue to open along the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, threatening to cut off roads in and out of the coastal area of the Puna district, isolation for those on the other side of the fissure-line has become a real concern.
News videographer Daryl Lee traveled the Red Road of Puna and found many – in neighborhoods like Kalapana Seaview Estates and Puna Beach Palisades – who had already decided to evacuate.
Emergency officials have not ordered an evacuation for lower Puna, but they have been advising residents to be on alert. “Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption,” recent civil defense messages have stated. “There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.”
“If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly,” officials are saying.
by Big Island Video News
PUNA, Hawaii - Many residents who live in the remote area of lower Puna are leaving their homes, rather than face the uncertainty that could come with complete isolation from the rest of the island, should lava cover all the roads in and out.