Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano’s Lava advances 150 Yards

Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano’s Lava advances 150 Yards

The lava, which first bubbled out of the continuously erupting Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano on June 27, had come to a standstill in late September. However, according to Hawaii officials, lava flow continues to be active and is advancing toward Pahoa.

The slow-moving lava widened another 150 yards since Sunday. The flow has sparked a large bush fire this morning and the burning activity associated with the flow is producing a significant amount of smoke.

According to a Hawaii County spokesman, the leading edge of the lava flow is about a mile from the outskirts of Pahoa village, a historic former sugar plantation consisting of small shops and homes with a population of about 800 people.

It was also about 2 miles from Highway 130, a major bypass road for the area that is traveled by as many as 10,000 automobiles a day. About 4,000 people overall live in the residential communities that the lava is approaching.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration have teamed in order to place new restrictions on air traffic in the area. However, the current flow does not pose an immediate threat to area communities.

Before Monday, aircraft could fly right over the flow, while dropping down to no less 500 feet in open areas, and a thousand feet near populated areas before Monday. But the new restrictions have created a two-mile buffer around the flow and restrict altitude to no less than 4,000 feet.

Darryl Oliveira, Director of Hawaii County Civil Defense said, "So in an effort to provide for the safety of residents we worked with the FAA and Civil Defense to request this new restriction over the lava. We're seeing a lot more activity over the lava flow, and multiple times last week".

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