Dramatic photos of lava flow crossing road on Hawaii Island

All photos below courtesy of journalist Mileka Lincoln of Hawaii News Now on Oct. 25, taken from a helicopter as the Kilauea lava flow crossed over Apa’a Street mauka (mountainside) of Pahoa Village, near the Pahoa Transfer Station and cemetery.  I reported about this flow yesterday: https://blogforarizona.net/lava-from-kilauea-volcano-heading-to-pahoa-village-on-big-island-of-hawaii/.

Evacuation orders have been issued to some families whose homes are in the path of the lava flow, which originally started on June 27, 2014 from the active Pu’u O’o vent, about 12 miles away in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Lava flow crossing over Apa'a Road (outside of Pahua village)

Lava flow crossing over Apa’a Street (outside of Pahoa village)

Lava advancing towards Pahoa town

Lava advancing north towards Pahoa town

Lava advancing toward town of Pahoa on Hawaii Island

Lava advancing toward town of Pahoa on Hawaii Island

The flow is moving about 250 yards/day and is heading in a north east direction towards the small town of Pahoa, with about 1000 residents, but numerous businesses and restaurants, churches, one movie theater. The flow could destroy parts of the town, then continue on a downslope (makai) direction towards the Pahoa bypass road (busy highway 130), and other housing subdivisions.

Stay tuned for further photos from Hawaii News Now. Previous to yesterday the flow was burning forests & brush in uninhabited areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  This is the first time for this particular 6/27/14 flow to destroy a road and fence line, and threaten residents, some of whom (about 50) have been notified to evacuate by Tuesday Oct. 28.  The flow is about 1/2 mile from Pahoa town  currently.

One response to “Dramatic photos of lava flow crossing road on Hawaii Island

  1. Check out this helicopter video from Big Island Video News of yesterday’s flow. Apparently the dirt cemetery in the video is now covered by today’s flow, advancing slower at 15 yards/hour.