Late Monday, Hawaii officials provided another update on the lava flow edging closer to residences of Pahoa Village. As of last night, the lava was about 70 yards from the nearest home.
Officials have described the movement of the lava flow as “inconsistent,” but it usually averages about 5 to 10 yards per hour.
Smoke from the burning vegetation is another concern for officials. Folks with respiratory conditions living south of the lava flow have been advised to stay indoors.
Residents living in the possible path of the lava flow are under an evacuation advisory. Residents have known this day could possibly come for a while, and most of them already have plans to evacuate or have already done so.
Here’s an image to give you a better lay of the land (courtesy of County of Hawaii).
This lava flow is coming from Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Lava flows from Kilauea volcano typically flow to the south. This lava flow is heading in the opposite direction, towards the north and east.
The videos below highlight the slow-moving, destructive nature of the lava flow.
Image credit: USGS