Dramatic photos of lava flow crossing road on Hawaii Island

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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.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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