Hawaii County Civil Defense officials continued to warn Kapoho residents to leave Friday as a river of molten rock advanced a half-mile from “Four Corners.”
Bulldozers began digging their way through lava rock on Chain of Craters Road on Wednesday as molten rock continued to threaten the “Four Corners” area in Kapoho.
Work has begun to reopen Chain of Craters Road for evacuations in case the eruption in lower Puna severs Highway 130.
KALAPANA — The postman doesn’t come around here anymore and neither do the garbage trucks. For those who live from Opihikao to Kalapana and have chosen to stay, isolation due to the ongoing lower Puna eruption remains a possibility if lava severs Highway 130, already compromised by steaming ground cracks. But it’s also one that is slowly becoming reality through the loss of services and many of their neighbors who have left for safer ground or cleaner air.
Another lava flow crossed Pohoiki Road on Saturday, potentially putting Highway 132 in jeopardy.
Three weeks into the lower Puna eruption, volcanic activity remains high but stable along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone.
With regular explosive bursts at Kilauea’s summit, ash continues to drift over Pahala, covering everything in a fine layer of charcoal-colored dust.